Gaudichaud Beaupré

Voy. Uranie 12: 498. 1830, name conserved

Etymology: For F.L. de Laporte de Castelnau, leader of expeditions to South America
Synonyms: Urticastrum Heister ex Fabricius
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.
Herbs, annual or perennial, with stinging and nonstinging hairs on same plant. Stems simple, erect. Leaves alternate; stipules present. Leaf blades narrowly ovate to orbiculate, margins dentate or serrate; cystoliths rounded. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, of paniculately arranged cymes. Flowers unisexual, proximal panicles staminate and distal pistillate, or staminate and pistillate flowers in same panicle; bracts absent. Staminate flowers: tepals 4-5, distinct, equal; stamens 4-5; pistillode knoblike. Pistillate flowers: tepals 2-4, distinct, outer pair minute or absent, without hooked hairs; staminodes absent; style persistent even in fruit, hooklike or elongate; stigma extended along style. Achenes stipitate, laterally compressed, ±orbicular, free from and not enclosed by perianth. x=13.


North America, West Indies, Central America, South America, Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands.


Species 22 (2 in the flora).

Most species of Laportea occur in Africa and Madagascar.


1 Plants with stinging hairs and stipitate-glandular hairs; base of leaf blade rounded or abruptly attenuate, auriculate; achenes less than 1.5mm. Laportea aestuans
1 Plants with stinging hairs but without stipitate-glandular hairs; base of leaf blade rounded, truncate, or broadly cuneate, not auriculate; achenes 2mm or more. Laportea canadensis
Facts about "Laportea"
AuthorDavid E. Boufford +
AuthorityGaudichaud Beaupré +
DistributionNorth America +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +, Asia +, Africa + and Pacific Islands. +
EtymologyFor F.L. de Laporte de Castelnau, leader of expeditions to South America +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
Publication titleVoy. Uranie +
Referencechew1969a +
Source xml grained fna xml/V3/V3 960.xml +
SynonymsUrticastrum +
Taxon familyUrticaceae +
Taxon nameLaportea +
Taxon parentUrticaceae +
Taxon rankgenus +
VolumeVolume 3 +