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Boehmeria grandis
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Boehmeria is a genus of about 100 species of flowering plants in the nettle family Urticaceae, native to Asia and North America. The species include herbaceous perennials, shrubs and small trees. Although related to nettles, this genus does not have stinging hairs. Some species are known commonly as false nettle.

This genus is named in honor of the German botanist, Georg Rudolf Boehmer.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Boehmeria (G. R. Boehmer, a German botanist). Urticaceae. A fiber plant; and a greenhouse shrub or tree.

Leaves alternate or opposite, often 3-nerved: fls. monoecious or dioecious, in dense clusters; petals none; sepals 2-5: fr. a flattened achene. B. nivea, Gaud., of Trop. Asia, is cult, in some countries as a fiber plant, and has been intro. into this country for that purpose. Now grown extensively in Calif. and La. for its fiber. See Report No. 2, office of Fiber Investigations, U. S. Dept. Agric., and Cyclo. Amer. Agric. II, p. 284. It produces ramie. It is a strong-growing, large-lvd. perennial, well suited to the border as an ornamental subject. A genus of 45 widely distributed species of shrubs, trees or herbs.

B. macrophylla, Don. A shrub or small tree: lvs. lanceolate, 6-9 in. long, serrate, prominently 3-nerved: spikes slender, usually shorter than the lvs. Himalayan region.

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One species, ramie (Boehmeria nivea) is an important fibre crop. Some are also used as an ornamental plants.


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Species include: Boehmeria biloba
Boehmeria cylindrica
Boehmeria grandis
Boehmeria jamaicensis
Boehmeria nivea - ramie
Boehmeria platanifolia
Boehmeria tenacissima - green ramie



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