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n. pl. pi·le·a (-lē-ə)
The top of a bird's head, extending from the base of the bill to the nape.

[New Latin pīleum, from Latin pīleus, felt cap.]


(Plants) any plant of the tropical annual or perennial genus Pilea, esp P. muscosa, the artillery or gunpowder plant, which releases a cloud of pollen when shaken; some others are grown for their ornamental foliage: family Urticaceae
[New Latin, from Greek pilos cap (from the shape of the segments of the perianth)]
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Noun1.Pilea - low-growing tropical perennials grown for their stingless foliage
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
family Urticaceae, nettle family, Urticaceae - a family of plants of order Urticales including many nettles with stinging hairs
clearweed, Pilea pumilla, richweed, dead nettle - a plants of the genus Pilea having drooping green flower clusters and smooth translucent stems and leaves
artillery plant, Pilea microphylla - tropical American stingless nettle that discharges its pollen explosively
friendship plant, panamica, panamiga, Pilea involucrata - low stingless nettle of Central and South America having velvety brownish-green toothed leaves and clusters of small green flowers
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El orden Coccothrinaci leonis--Guapiretalia rufescentis, aunque cercano a Synapsidi ilicifoliae--Coccothrinacetalia Borhidi 1996 por la geomorfologia y la riqueza en pileas y gesnerias, tiene desde el punto de vista de evolucion floristica condiciones particulares, ya que se desarrollo aislado, en una zona donde predominan las ofiolitas y el complejo basal de Cuba, el cual es sobreyacido por las calizas que conforman estos mogotes, por lo cual comparte muchas especies que son abundantes en los pinares y pluvisilvas nororientales.
Composicion--especies caracteristicas: Guapira rufescens, Spathelia pinetorum, Tabebuia dubia, Podocarpus ekmanii, Acrosynanthus trachyphyllus, Bactris cubensis, Ossaea verrucosa (caracteristicas territoriales), Coccothrinax leonis, Talauma minor, Gesneria cubensis, Pilea fruticulosa (caracteristicas locales), Coccoloba wrighti, Spirotecoma apiculata, Garcinia aristalata, Amyris lineata, Oplonia tetrasticha, Plumeria tuberculata, Phyllanthus epiphyllanthus, Peperomia alata y Pilea obtusangula.