Boehmeria cylindrica (L.) Sw. - False Nettle


 

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Boehmeria cylindrica - (image 1 of 3)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Urticaceae

Habitat

Moist or wet soil. In sun or shade.

Associates

 

Distribution

Quebec and Ontario west to MN, south to FL and NM.

Morphology

Perennial herb with simple, erect unarmed stems to 1 m. Leaves opposite, on long petioles, ovate to lance-ovate, acute or acuminate, coarsely serrate, 3-nerved. Usually dioecious; flowers very small, in cylindrical spikes from upper leaf axils. Fruit an ovate achene with two minute wings.      

Notes

Flowers July and August

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland +

Often found in moist woods. Resembles nettles but lacks stinging hairs.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois

 


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