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Climbing Nettle   
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Climbing Nettle
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Climbing Nettle, Indian Stinging Nettle, Canchorie root-plant • Assamese: dumuni chorat • Bengali: বিছুটি bichuti • Hindi: बढन्त barhanta, पीत पर्णी pit parni • Kannada: ತುರಿಕೆ ಬಳ್ಳಿ turike balli • Malayalam: കൊടിത്തൂവ Kodithoova, കൊടുത്തൂവ Koduthoova • Marathi: आग पान aag paan, आग्या aagya, कळलावी kallaavi, लघुमेडशिंगी laghumedhshingi • Nepali: उट कटेरी ut kateri • Oriya: kasalakku • Sanskrit: आगमावर्ता aagmavarta, दुःस्पर्ष duhsparsha, कषाग्निः kashagnih, वृश्चिकाच्छद vrischikacchad, वृश्चिकाली vrischikali, वृश्चिकापत्री vrischikapatri • Tamil: காஞ்சொறி kanchori • Telugu: తేలుకొండిచెట్టు telukondicettu
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
Photographed at Lonavala & Kas, Satara, Maharashtra.
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