Parietaria debilis

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Parietaria debilis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Parietaria
Species: P. debilis
Binomial name
Parietaria debilis
G.Forst
Synonyms[1]

Parietaria micrantha Ledeb.

Parietaria debilis, commonly known as Pellitory or Native Pellitory, is a herb native to Australia and New Zealand.

Description[edit]

It grows as an annual herb from 7 to 40 centimetres in height, with green or white flowers. Individual plants bears both perfect and imperfect flowers.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

This species was published in 1786 by Georg Forster, based on a type specimen collected in New Zealand. It has twice been moved to other genera—to Urtica by Stephan Endlicher in 1833, and to Freirea by Alexander Viktorovich Jarmolenko in 1941—but neither move was accepted.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is native to Australia and New Zealand.[citation needed] In Australia it is widespread in temperate regions, occurring in every state and territory.[3] It favours well-drained sites, especially in calcareous soils.[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parietaria debilis", The Plant List, retrieved 2013-11-02 
  2. ^ a b "Parietaria debilis G.Forst.". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  3. ^ a b "Parietaria debilis G.Forst". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  4. ^ G.Forst. "New South Wales Flora Online: Parietaria debilis". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.