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*Boehmeria nivea (Linnaeus) Gaudichaud-Beaupré. Ramie. Hab: Disturbed suburban areas, waste ground. "In waste places, South Carolina and Florida and about the large cities in the Gulf States" (Small 1913a). Dist: Native of Asia. Reported for Lowndes County, GA (Carter, Baker, & Morris 2009).

Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia

Taxonomy Comments: Boehmeria nivea will be removed from Boehmeria, either to a monotypic genus, Ramium (or a replacement genus, see synonymy) or perhaps to be included in related genera, such as Sarcochlamys Gaudichaud, Archiboehmeria C.J. Chen, or Astrothalamus C.B. Robinson (all natives of se. Asia).

Other Comments: This plant has been cultivated for the fiber of its stems, which is extracted and used for fabric in a manner reminiscent of linen (which is made from stem fibers of Linum usitatissimum).

Synonymy: = FNA3, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S13, Tx, WH3; = n/a – G; = Ramium niveum (L.) Small – S, the genus name illegitimate

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