West Highland Flora

Stinging Nettle


Urtica dioica

 

Urtica dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common on waste ground, beside paths, in ruined buildings and by the shore.

Leaf-blades c 4-8 cm

ID: Male and female flowers on separate plants.

Other features: Also differs from Annual Nettle in the following ways:

  • Perennial, shoots joined by creeping stems or roots

  • Painful sting

  • Flower spikes several cm long

  • Leaf normally has end tooth notably longer than adjoining side teeth

  • No or very short side-branches

  • Fruit c 1-1.5 mm long

 

Urtica dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

  Urtica dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
5 May 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Young leaves

 

Urtica dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Mar 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

Young shoot from base of old stem

  Urtica dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Mar 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

Young shoot from some way up old stem

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