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Pakistan | Family List | Urticaceae | Urtica

Urtica hyperborea Jacq. ex Wedd., Arch.Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris. 9:68. 1856. DC., Prodr. 16 (1): 45. 1869; Hook.f., Fl.Brit. Ind. 5:548. 1885; R.R.S., l.c. 198.

Dioecious, up to 50 cm tall, pubescent undershrub, sparingly covered with stinging hairs. Leaves with 0.4-2.0 cm long petiole; lamina ovate or broadly ovatesubrotundate, 1-4.5 cm long, 1-2.5 cm broad, subcordate-truncate at the base, margin serrate, apex acute; stipules ovate-oblong, connate, 4-6 mm long. Panicle of cymes axillary, longer than petiole. Flowers greenish-purple. Sepals orbicular, not armed hispid, enlarged in fruit. Achenes oblong-ovate, c. 2 mm long.

Fl.Per.: May-August.

Type: Described from Tibet.

Distribution: Pakistan, India, Tibet from 3000-6000 m in the Himalayas.

The tender tips are eaten as vegetable.


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