stinging nettle, bichchu gaas–‘scorpion plant’;

Request for ID : 081011 : AK-4: A wild plant taken on the 8th of Sept,11 at Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Found these at many places along the roads.
I was asked to keep away as these if touched, can leave a burning sensation on the skin.

This is known as Bichhoo Booti, bites like scorpion, causes burning sensation due to minute stings present on the entire body, this can be an Urtica sp. (Urticaceae)

yes Brennnessel (German), stinging nettel (english)  (/Urtica dioica/), fodder plant for many butterflies. Used as liquid manure, ichor (Jauche) used against aphids young leaves used in salad, to make soups,  Brennnessel tee is quite popular.
Brennnessel fiber was used around 1900 as “the poor man’s cloth.” I remember to have read somewhere thatduring the last war the fiber was used for army clothing.
roots boiled give amber / yellow color, used to paint eggs in easter.
Every natureloving gardner should have a corner in the garden with Brennnessel.

Yes it is Urtica dioica. Found in Pachmarhi (M.P.)

yes, stings… like the stinging nettle of europe… the tips of the hairs on the plants’ parts has histamine… same chemical released by our body when we have allergies and its reactions sting the eyes, nose, skin etc, remember?//
Yields strong fine fibre… from the stems… princess and seven swans was not just a fairy tale…
Nettles also make a nice tea or soup if picked with gloves, washed and boiled… rich in calcium magnesium and carotenes… 

VoF Week :: Urtica dioica at Valley of Flowers:
Urtica dioica L. … (family: Urticaceae)2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowers about 11000 – 12000 ft

Good Shot of Bichhoo Buti

Such a nice useful plant, has many cultural, nutritional and herbal uses.
Made popular by Hans Christian Anderson in his version of the Swans and her sister…. scandinavian.wisc.pdf
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Swans
I use dried nettles for allergies, sort of to desensitize from histamine…
a good source of calcium, silca, vit a and vitamin c….


VOF Week 270812_DS_08: This one is an interesting plant to me. Please note the stem covered with red bristles.
Curious to know it’s id.

Urtica dioica


VoF Week: Urtica dioica from Valley: Urtica dioica from Valley


VOF Week: Urticaceae sp-1 at VoF: Looks like some Urticaceae sp.
Location: VoF.

Urtica dioica


For ID- SP2- 271112: Please help me to identify this flower.
Location – Chakrata. Date: 10/10/2011.  Habitat- Wild

Pupalia lappacea and Urtica dioca

Perhaps Cyathula sp. along with Urtica dioica..


Plant for id (mixed thread): 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)- 4 correct images as above.
Please identify this plant, Tingvong, Upperdzongu, N. Sikkim, April-2015

Urtica dioca


Plant for id From Bairi, Himachal Pradesh. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Please identify this plant from Bairi, HP, May-2014
Found near roadside.

Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica L. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Location:  Mudhe, Sindhupalchok, Nepal
Date: 6 September 2017
Elevation : 8000 ft.
Nepali Name : सिस्नु Sisnu

Yes …, the leaves cooked during winter, the roots also used in medicine.


I’d requested for this plant from Poonch jandk: 2 images.
Date: 4-09-2021

Please check Urticaceae.

Any idea about the genus of this Urticaceae member.

I guess Urtica dioica L.

I hope Urtica diocia



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