Himalayan Nettle
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Himalayan Nettle
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Himalayan Nettle • Tangkhul: Lenghui
Botanical name: Urtica ardens    Family: Urticaceae (Nettle family)
Synonyms: Urtica himalayensis, Urtica zayuensis

Himalayan Nettle is an annual herb,growing up to 1.5 m tall, plentifully covered with stinging hairs. Leaves are carried on 0.5-6.5 cm long stalks. Leaf blade is elliptic to ovate-lanceshaped, 2.5-10 cm long, 2.5-6.5 cm broad, heart-shaped at the base, irregularly toothed or double-toothed. Greenish flowers are borne in panicle of cymes in leaf axils, as long as leaves, puberulous and covered with stinging hairs. Stipules are united. Sepals are hispid. Achenes minute, elliptic-round, brown. Himalayan Nettle is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Sikkim and W. China, at altitudes of 1000-4500 m. Flowering: March-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

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