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Stinging Nettle (Urtica doica)


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A roughly hairy plant with short-stalked leaves in opposite pairs. The leaves and stem are covered with stinging hairs that release an irritant histamine-containing juice when broken. The plant is dioecious (i.e. there are separate male and female plants). The flowers are on drooping catkins. People have had a love hate relationship with this plant from the earliest times. From an annoyance and instrument of torture to a plant used for making cloth, food and medicine. Its sting is caused by an acid from the breaking nettle tip. A common plant of hedgerows, wasteland and neglected gardens. Picture taken May 17th 2006 near Stevington, Bedfordshire.

21st May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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