Urtica dioica L., Sp. Pl. 984 1753. (syn. Urtica galeopsifolia Wierzb. ex Opiz; Urtica dioica var. vulgaris Wedd.; Urtica tibetica W.T. Wang);
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Assam, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, Central European Rus, China North-Central, China South-Central, Chita, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Finland, France, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Magadan, Manchuria, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Romania, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Sicilia, South European Russi, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia; Introduced into: Alabama, Alaska, Argentina Northeast, Bolivia, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, British Columbia, California, Cape Provinces, Chile Central, Chile South, Colombia, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Ecuador, Eritrea, Falkland Is., Florida, Georgia, Greenland, Guatemala, Libya, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward I., Québec, Svalbard, Tennessee, Tristan da Cunha, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia as per POWO;
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

Urticaceae for ID ABAUG2016/35 : 8 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
This one looked like the stinging nettle from a distance but up close its smooth leaves and lack of stinging hairs pointed to another species. I touched the leaves without feeling any sting. Which species could it be? Please advise.
Triund, HP
2930m approx.
06 August 2016

Thanks, …, for detailed images. I also feel Urticaceae only.

Looks like Urtica dioica species. Could be a variety.

Thank you … It had no stinging hairs despite its close resemblance to U. dioica.

Urtica dioica var. afghanica is often without stinging hairs. This may be checked, the area is not far away from Himalayas.

Yes to Me!

I also checked Urtica hyperboreaUrtica mairei and Urtica pilulifera from BSI Flora of India (with distribution shown in Himachal), but found these also having stinging hairs.
From the distribution given in POWO, I think it is quite possible that Urtica dioica subsp. afghanica may be found in Himachal, India


SK 3083 28 October 2021: 4 very high res. images.
Location: Rara, Nepal
Altitude: 2957m.
Date: 20 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Urtica dioica L. ??

Yes, appears close to images at Urtica dioica


SK 3199 05 September 2021: 4 high res. images.

Location: Mugu, West Nepal
Altitude: 3168m.
Date: 22 August 2021 
Habit : Wild
Urtica dioica L. ??

Yes, it appears close to images at Urtica dioica L.


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