Urtica dioca L.

Stinging nettle


Urtica dioica

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Urtica dioca L. - (Stinging nettle)

Perennial plant of the nettle family -urticaceae- up to 1,5 m. Square, erect stems. Leaves till 15 cm., serrated, pointed, dark green and covered, as the stem, or stinging hairs. Flowers in racemes, till 10 cm. long. Generally unisexual; female ones in long hanging catkins; male ones in shorter inflorescences. In waste lands, rubbish dumps, by the side of the paths and in humid lands, with highly organic waste content.

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