Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Urtica gracilis Aiton
(Stinging Nettle)

Family: Urticaceae

Status: Native

Urtica dioica Linnaeus subsp. gracilis (Aiton) Selander

Urtica gracilis has lanceolate leaves which are green on top. It is found along streambeds in the more northern part of the Gila National Forest. Its stems sting hikers as they move through dense stands of these plants.
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Urtica gracilis, photo Russ Kleinman, Catron County, Little Creek, Apr. 28, 2008

Urtica gracilis, branched inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Richard Felger & Leith Young, Aug. 1, 2009

Urtica gracilis, 1x macro of inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Cherry Creek Campground, July 22, 2010

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