Pipturus argenteus (G. Forst.) Wedd.

Last updated: 3 August 2015

Scientific Name

Pipturus argenteus (G. Forst.) Wedd.


Urtica argentea G. Forst., Pipturus propinquus (Decne.) Wedd., Boehmeria propinqua Decne. [Unresolved]. [1]

Vernacular Name

English False stinger, native mulberry, white nettle [3]
India Pankam, pankuh ivei, penkam [3]
Indonesia Ki beunteur (Sundanese); bedreg (Javanese); lobiri (Moluccas) [2]
Australia Koomeroo-koomeroo [3]
Papua New Guinea Evakau (Konis, New Ireland); yiwiya (Aseki, Morobe Province); helo (Tipku, Fane, Central Province) [2], hulious, kaligamo, kwelakwela, lhe, lumbai, oningo, ritsiring [3].

Geographical Distributions

Pipturus argenteus is distributed from the Pacific Islands, north­ern Australia and New Guinea to the Philippines and Borneo, Java, Sumatra and the islands on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, and westward to the Seychelles. [2]

P. argenteus is common in disturbed habitats, especially in the eastern part of its area of distrib­ution, from sea-level up to 1250 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

P. argenteus comes from the family Urticaceae. It is a dioecious shrub or tree that can reach up to 10(-20) m tall. Its trunk is 8-20(-40) cm in diametre, with smooth bark, grey and lenticellate. The inner bark is soft, pale yellow to green and with sparsely to densely hairy twigs. [2]

The leaves are ovate, measure 8-15(-35) cm x 5-10(-25) cm, acute at base, with obtuse, rounded to cordate, acu­minate apex, with serrate margin, densely strigose and densely woolly beneath. The petiole is 2-12(-24) cm long while stipules are 3-14 mm long. The spikes or sparsely branched pani­cles are up to 12(-20) cm long and bracteolate. [2]

The flowers are clustered at intervals, subsessile to sessile. The cluster is 3-7 mm in diametre. The male flowers are 4-merous while the fe­male flowers are urn-shaped perianth, minutely 4­-toothed, densely pubescent and with up to 3 mm long style. [2]

The achene is white to brown, partially immersed in the spherical, fleshy receptacle and up to 7 mm in diame­tre. [2]


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Figure 1 : The line drawing of P. argenteus [2]



  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Pipturus argenteus (G. Forst.)Wedd. [homepage on the Internet] c203. [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 Jul 28]. Available from : http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-33400291
  2. van Valkenburg, JLCH. Pipturus argenteus (J.G. Forster) Wedd. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 2001; p. 431-432.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plant: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 599-600.