Common name: Stinging Nettle
Urtica incisa Poir. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 100 cm high, stems and leaves ± glabrous between the stinging hairs; monoecious.
Leaves with lamina usually lanceolate to narrow-ovate, sometimes to broad-ovate, mostly 2–10 cm long, 1.5–6 cm wide, margins coarsely toothed, finely hairy; petiole 1–6 cm long, usually more than half as long as lamina.
Inflorescence mostly unbranched and longer than petiole, with female above the male flowers, or plants apparently dioecious.
Flowering: most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and common, in mountain gullies and frequently elsewhere as a weed, chiefly in inland areas around stock camps and in waste places.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, ?NWP, ?LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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