Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Boehmeria grandis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Urticaceae -- The Cecropia, Nettle Family Bibliography
      Boehmeria grandis

Common name(s): false nettle, `akolea
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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Shrubs 1-2 m tall; branches stout, angular, strigose.
Leaves opposite, thick and somewhat coriaceous, elliptic to ovate, sometimes broadly ovate, 12-25 cm long, 9-13 cm wide, upper surface rugose, sparsely strigose between veins, lower surface strigillose to short-hirtellous along veins, margins serrate, apex acuminate, base truncate to subcordate, petioles 2-7 cm long, stipules interpetiolar, 5-6 cm long, strigose, caducous.
Flowers unisexual (and the plants monoecious), in clusters ca. 2-4 mm in diameter, these arranged in open, branched panicles 8-15 cm long, with progressively more staminate flowers toward apex of each panicle, bracts ca. 3; staminate calyx ca. 2 mm long, filaments puberulent; pistillate calyx ca. 1-1.5 mm long, puberulent to short-hirtellous.
Achenes somewhat compressed, ca. 1-1.5 mm long, coherent to calyx.
2n = 28*