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Urtica dioica L. ssp. gracilis (Aiton) Seland.
California nettle

General Information
Symbol: URDIG
Group: Dicot
Family: Urticaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: AK   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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©Lindsey Koepke. United States, WA, Pierce Co., Mount Rainier National Park, SR123. July 6, 2005. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 635. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
URCA3 Urtica californica Greene
URCA5 Urtica cardiophylla Rydb.
URDIA Urtica dioica L. var. angustifolia Schltdl.
URDIC Urtica dioica L. var. californica (Greene) C.L. Hitchc.
URDIG2 Urtica dioica L. var. gracilis (Aiton) C.L. Hitchc.
URDIL Urtica dioica L. var. lyallii (S. Watson) C.L. Hitchc.
URDIP2 Urtica dioica L. var. procera (Muhl. ex Willd.) Weddell
URGR3 Urtica gracilis Aiton
URLY2 Urtica lyallii S. Watson
URLYC Urtica lyallii S. Watson var. californica (Greene) Jeps.
URMA Urtica major H.P. Fuchs
URPR Urtica procera Muhl. ex Willd.
URSE3 Urtica serra auct. non Blume
URST2 Urtica strigosissima Rydb.
URVI Urtica viridis Rydb.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Urticales
Family Urticaceae – Nettle family
Genus Urtica L. – nettle
Species Urtica dioica L. – stinging nettle
Subspecies Urtica dioica L. ssp. gracilis (Aiton) Seland. – California nettle

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