Pipturus argenteus (Urticaceae)

Pipturus argenteus

This rainforest shrub is also found in areas of rainforest regrowth and is known by many common names from False Stinger, Native Mulberry, White Mulberry to White Nettle. As alluded to by some of the common names, this shrub belongs to the Nettle family but it does not have any stinging hairs. The plant has an overall ‘soft’ look and it seems readily recognizable by the often light reddish leaf stalks, along with a glaucous leaf underside.

Pipturus argenteus
Female flowers showing the ‘feathery’ stigmas that stick out to catch pollen.

The round fruits have a whitish translucent appearance and is polka dotted on the surface, like a strawberry. Indeed, this is due to the fruit being an aggregate fruit like the strawberry.

Pipturus argenteus


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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