False Nettle
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False Nettle
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: False Nettle, African Jolanettle, Harmless Nettle • Khasi: Dieng sohkhra • Mizo: Uipa-chhawhchhi
Botanical name: Boehmeria virgata var. macrostachya    Family: Urticaceae (Nettle family)
Synonyms: Boehmeria macrostachya, Splitgerbera macrostachya, Boehmeria platyphylla

False Nettle is a perennial herb or subshrub, growing up to 2 m tall. Leaves are papery, widely varying in shape, proportions and number of teeth, ovate to rhombic-ovate or elliptic, medium or large, 10–20 by 7–16 cm, usually relatively broad, length 1.5–2 × width; marginal teeth 25–50 either side. Inflorescence-bearing axes are 10–50 cm long, pendulous, unbranched or with a few long branches close to base or sometimes male with lateral branches throughout length and erect with pendent tip. False Nettle is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, including the Himalayas, at altitudes of 100-2600 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Yeoor Hills, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra & Rajouri, J&K.

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