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Useful Tropical Plants

Pilea cadierei

Gagnep. & Guillaumin

Urticaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Aluminium Plant

Pilea cadierei
The creeping habit of growth makes this an excellent ground cover
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Pilea cadierei Pilea cadierei

General Information

Aluminium plant is an evergreen, ground-covering perennial plant forming a spreading mat of growth up to 30cm tall and wide[
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Title
Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
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http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/poison.htm
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An excellent concise but comprehensive guide to toxic plants that grow in N. Carolina. It lists even those plants that are of very low toxicity, including several well-known food plants such as carrots and potatoes.
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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
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University of Florida
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Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
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The variegated foliage on Aluminum Plant is unlike any other, with shiny silver, irregularly-shaped markings parallel to
the lateral veins[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
]. The plant is often grown as a ground-covering ornamental in tropical gardens and as a house plant in the temperate zone.

Known Hazards

The leaves and stems contain alkaloids and are mildly toxic to some animals - their effect upon humans is unknown[
293
Title
Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/poison.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent concise but comprehensive guide to toxic plants that grow in N. Carolina. It lists even those plants that are of very low toxicity, including several well-known food plants such as carrots and potatoes.
].

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam.

Habitat

Shaded wet places in forests at elevations from 500 - 1,500 metres in southern China[
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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in partial shade[
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Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
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Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
]. Tolerates a range of soil conditions, from acidic to slightly alkaline and from sandy to clay soils[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
]. Requires a moist soil and is tolerant of occasionally very wet conditions[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].
Aluminum Plant forms a thick ground cover within 2 years after planting on 18-inch centers. Unrooted stems can be struck into the ground and will root if kept moist in a shaded location. You can propagate the plant quickly in this manner. Locate the plant in a fully shaded location since foliage on Aluminum Plant will discolor in the sun. Provide for irrigation in dry weather and fertilize regularly to keep the plant thick and looking nice[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is an effective ground cover in a shady locality[
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Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
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Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
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Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
]. Leaves are held opposite each other on square, green stems producing a thick ground cover about 12-inches-tall in a shaded landscape. Small white flowers are produced at the ends of the stems in the summer but they are mostly overshadowed by the conspicuous foliage[
309
Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Stem tip cuttings root easily[
352
Title
KemperCentreForHomeGardeningPlantFinder
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
].

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