Plant ID forum: Clearweed (Pilea pumila)

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Aug 12, 2015 9:36 AM CST
Nice looking leaves. Any ideas on what kind of weed this is?

the stem looks like an Impatiens. Not much of a root system.



Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 12, 2015 9:51 AM CST
It reminds me a bit of the Boehmeria plants. I could be totally wrong.
Am I seeing some type of oil glands on the leaf in the third image? Shrug!
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 12, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Compare to Pilea pumila.
Clearweed (Pilea pumila)
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 12, 2015 10:24 AM CST
Looks like @purpleinopp may be correct; this link describes the stems and leaves.
http://www.fnanaturesearch.org/index.php?option=com_naturese...

According to some it is edible.... Shrug!
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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Aug 12, 2015 11:18 AM CST
That's an annual weed here in my shady back yard. Reminds me of Perilla but not exact match to what I grow.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 12, 2015 11:20 AM CST
Gee, before I even enlarged the photo it reminded me of West Indian Wood Nettle (Laportea aestuans) which has popped up in my garden a couple of times but it's only found in California and Florida as far as I know.

Good eye Tiffany!

A couple of Pilea grow in Michigan, Pilea pumila being one of them and it sure looks like it: http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2758
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purpleinopp
Aug 12, 2015 11:57 AM CST
TY, Lin. :+) Good link, Greene.

USDA says it's native, if that's something you use to determine which plants are allowed to grow in your yard, Frank. Doesn't have an article at eattheweeds.com, that I could find. Not sure their search works all that well.

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Name: Frank Richards
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frankrichards16
Aug 12, 2015 12:02 PM CST
I "clearly" agree with green who agrees with purple.
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purpleinopp
Aug 12, 2015 1:55 PM CST
LOL! TY for the follow-up.

If there's a consensus about the ID, your pics would make excellent additions to that plants' entry in the DB here.
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Name: nell mcguire
north little rock Ar (Zone 7b)
nell
Aug 12, 2015 2:10 PM CST
It looks like what we call false mullberry weed (fatoua villosa) Nell
Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 12, 2015 2:56 PM CST
@nell, I think that your Fatoua villosa/Mullberry weed is different than what Frank has, but wow, Hurray! and thanks for the name of that weed. Thumbs up I have been battling a NOID weed for two years in my yard and thanks to you it now has a name - Fatoua villosa.... Pops up everywhere.
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Name: nell mcguire
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nell
Aug 12, 2015 3:14 PM CST
It sure does pop up every where.I thought it looked a lot like the mystery weed, oops. nell

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