Category Archives: Urticaceae

Dr M and his students go on a New Year Plant Hunt!

Dr M’s New Year Plant Hunt (borrowed from the idea by BSBI) took place on Tuesday 14th January 2014. Three groups of MSc Plant Diversity and MSc SISS students walked the University of Reading Whiteknights campus for 1 hour each in the chilly sunshine … Continue reading

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Who needs Nettles?

The Common stinging nettle Urtica dioica, is the most well-known and prosperous example of the Family Urticaceace in Britain. Infamous for its painful sting caused by chemical injection via trichome hairs, this dioecious plant is easily recognised by its opposite, … Continue reading

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The Lover of Nettles

Two species, ubiquitous to the UK countryside, are the Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) and the Peacock (Inachis io) and they were once extremely common. The larvae of both species, feed almost exclusively on the Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) see image … Continue reading

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