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Urtica sykesii - scrub nettle

Nettle family: Urticaceae

Urtica sykesii is a many branched herb sparsely clad in stinging hairs which are most numerous on the leaf stalks (petioles) and less so on the leaf blade and plant stem. Flowers are very small and are compactly arranged on branching spikes at the base of leaves. Formerly Urtica incisa.
Found in moist sheltered lowland forest margins and at higher elevations throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: a many branched herb up to 60 cm

Flower symmetry: symmetrical

Leaf form: undivided, broadly ovate


Leaf size: 2-5 cm

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 4, green

Leaf arrangement: opposite

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 4

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs, stinging hairs

Fruit: dry