Urtica incisa— Stinging Nettle—URTICACEAE

Urtica incisa

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Habitat— Widespread and common, in mountain gullies, rainforest and frequently elsewhere as a weed, chiefly in inland areas around stock camps and in waste places.

Distribution—North from Tasmania into Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Also in South Australia.

Description— Perennial herb to 100 cm high, stems and leaves ± glabrous between the stinging hairs; monoecious.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, stinging hairs present; lamina usually lanceolate to narrow—ovate, sometimes to broad—ovate, mostly 2 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 6 cm wide, margins coarsely toothed, finely hairy; petiole 1 to 6 cm long, usually more than half as long as lamina.

Urtica incisa
Urtica incisa

Inflorescence.— Mostly unbranched and longer than petiole, with female above the male flowers, or plants apparently dioecious

Flowering.—Most of the year.

Fruit.—Small berry—like, whitish.

Ripe.—Most of the year.

Urtica incisa