Botanical name: Tragia involucrata Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Climbing Nettle is a perennial twinning herb, covered with stinging hairs. Alternately arranged leaves are oblong-lanceolate or ovate, toothed, base heart-shaped or rounded, tip long pointed. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf axils. Female flowers are few, in lower part of inflorescence; male flowers ae many in the upper part. Fruit is a 3-lobed capsule, containing 3 round smooth seeds.
Medicinal uses: Roots are useful in pruritic skin eruptions, veneral diseases, diabetes, guinea worms. Leaves are supposed to be good for cephalagia.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke & Prashant Awale
The flower labeled Climbing Nettle is ...