1974.000 Urtica L. - Nettles

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Warburg, E.F. (1952) Flora of the British Isles. 1st edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Friis, I. (1989) Urticaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial, monoecious or dioecious, herbs, usually with stinging hairs. Leaves opposite, simple; stipules lateral. Inflorescences axillary, often paired, comprising lax, cymose panicles. Flowers unisexual, in small cymose clusters. Perianth 4-merous. Male flowers: perianth segments free, in 2 subequal pairs; stamens 4; ovary rudimentary. Female flowers: perianth segments unequal; ovary ovoid, laterally flattened. Achene lenticular, enclosed in the persistent inner perianth segments.

Worldwide: 80 species, more or less cosmopolitan, but concentrated in northern temperate regions.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Urtica urens

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Other sources of information about Urtica:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Urtica

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Urtica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Urtica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Urtica
Wikipedia: Urtica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Urtica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Urtica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Urtica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2385, retrieved 25 March 2023

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