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Genus: Urtica

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Urticaceae

About 50 species, native mainly to north temperate regions but also in the tropics and south temperate regions. Urtica lobulata is native to southern Africa; Urtica dioica (Stinging nettle) and Urtica urens are naturalised, and Urtica pilulifera is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Urtica lobulata

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Urtica dioica (Stinging nettle)

Native to Eurasia.

 

Urtica urens

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Urtica pilulifera (Roman nettle)

Native to southern Europe.

 

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 

 


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