Elatostema calcareum is a herbaceous perennial plant with somewhat fleshy stems. It produces a cluster of unbranched, apparently erect stems that are somewhat decumbent at the base, growing up to 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Unlike many other plants in the nettle family (Urticaceae), plants in this genus do not have stinging hairs[
Pacific - Marianas
Most commonly found in damp areas of limestone forest, but can also be found on the strand as part of the understory vegetation under larger trees[
Plants are dioecious - male and female plants must be grown if seed is required[
We have no specific details for this species, but most members of the genus have more or less edible leaves[
The plant is one of the ingredients of an all-purpose medicinal tea in Guam. The succulent consistency of the stem gives the crushed medicine added moisture[
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