Pipturus argenteus— White Nettle, Native Mulberry, La Masigogo, Kwelakwela.—URTICACEAE

Pipturus argenteus

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Habitat— Mainly in warm rainforest, especially in regrowth after clearing, and in tall open forest. Coast and lower ranges.

Distribution— North from Lismore in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small shrub or tree to c. 8 m, stinging hairs absent; dioecious

Local occurrences

Cape Byron

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, hairy, dull white below; ± ovate, mostly 8 to 14 cm long, 1 to 6 cm wide, margins finely and bluntly toothed, lower surface hoary; petiole 2 to 6 cm long.

Pipturus argenteus
Pipturus argenteus

Inflorescence.—Spikes 1 to 5 cm long, flowers in 3 to 7 separated globose clusters.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.— Clusters globose, 4 to 6 mm diam., white, ± succulent.

Ripe.—Autumn

Pipturus argenteus