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Parietaria debilis
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Scientific classification
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Parietaria
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P. debilis
Binomial name
Parietaria debilis
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Synonyms

Parietaria micrantha Ledeb.

Parietaria debilis, commonly known as pellitory, small-flower pellitory, or native pellitory, is a herb native to Australia and New Zealand.

Description

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.

Taxonomy

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.

Distribution and habitat

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

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