*Boehmeria nivea (Linnaeus) Gaudichaud-Beaupré. Hab: Disturbed suburban areas, waste ground. 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 (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, Tx, WH3; = n/a – G; = Ramium niveum (L.) Small – S, the genus name illegitimate