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Boehmeria grandis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Boehmeria

50 to 100 species, see text

Boehmeria is a genus of about 100 species of flowering plants in the nettle family Urticaceae, native to Asia and North America. The species include herbaceous perennials, shrubs and small trees. Although related to Urtica (nettles), this genus does not have stinging hairs. Some species are known commonly as false nettle.

This genus is named in honor of the German botanist, Georg Rudolf Boehmer.

Cultivation and uses[edit]

One species, ramie (Boehmeria nivea) is an important fibre crop. Some are also used as ornamental plants.

Boehmeria species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Bedellia boehmeriella, which feeds exclusively on B. grandis.



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