Random Plant: Canadian clearweed

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila, Urticaceae) photographed 09/12/2010 in a floodplain forest near Blissfield Michigan.

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila, Urticaceae) is in the nettle family.  Together with stinging nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae) and wood nettle (Laportea canadensis, Urticaceae), members of this family make up a significant percentage of the ground cover in one local floodplain forest.

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila, Urticaceae) photographed 09/12/2010 in a floodplain forest near Blissfield Michigan.

Thankfully this plant lacks the stinging trichomes of other nettles.  It can be a challenge to walk around in this forest with all of the stinging nettle, so it’s a relief to find patches dominated by something else.

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