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Boehmeria cylindrica

Boehmeria cylindrica (L.) Sw.

Boehmeria austrina Small

Boehmeria cylindrica (L.) Sw. var. drummondiana (Weddell) Weddell

Boehmeria cylindrica (L.) Sw. var. scabra Porter

Boehmeria decurrens Small

Boehmeria drummondiana Weddell

Boehmeria scabra (Porter) Small

Urtica cylindrica L.

False Nettle

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderUrticalesIncludes cannabis, nettles, mulberries, elms, others
FamilyUrticaceaeNettle family
GenusBoehmeriaAfter Georg(e) Rudolf Boehmer (1723-1803) of Saxony, professor of botany and anatomy at the University of Wittenberg
SpeciescylindricaCylindrical

About plant names...

False nettle is a native North American species. The name comes from is resemblance to stinging nettle, although it is not related, and lacks the stinging hairs of its namesake.

Identification: Plants are 4-63" (10-160 cm) high, and favor shady wooded areas. Stems are smooth, without the irritating hairs of stinging nettle. Leaves are usually opposite or nearly so. They are roughly egg-shaped, with sharp tips and teeth. (More precisely, they are elliptic, lanceolate to broadly ovate.) The leaves are 1¾-7" (5-18 cm) × ¾-4" (2-10 cm). The unusual flowers are the most unique feature of this species. They occur on straight spikes that emerge from the stem, in clusters of small, inconspicuous green flowers. Each spike is often tipped by a couple of small leaves. Blooms July-August. The flowers are dioecious—each plant contains only male or female flowers. Fruits are spiky little balls.

Online References:

Boehmeria cylindrica on Missouriplants.com

Boehmeria cylindrica at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Boehmeria cylindrica on the USDA Plants Database

Boehmeria cylindrica on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Boehmeria cylindrica on eFloras

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 244

Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 22 cm)

Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm)

Boehmeria cylindrica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 23 cm)

Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 28 cm)

Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm)

Boehmeria cylindrica (False Nettle)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

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