Flowers at junction of leaves )
Nettle Family (Urticaceae)
Habitat: Disturbed Ground, More Common on Western Slopes
Height: Up to 2 m
Description: This plant can irritate the skin, so should be avoided. It is quite distinctive with a tall stem from which opposite leaves grow. The leaves grow in pairs, and are oblong, sharply toothed, with minute spines that stick to the skin and release chemical irritants. The resulting rash may persist for several hours. The tiny flowers grow in long, stringy masses from the leaf axes. They are green in colour, quite small, with no petals, but 4 sepals.
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