Close up. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Flowering plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Smooth Nettle, Native Pellitory, Shade Pellitory, Forest Pellitory, Soft Nettle




Annual forb.  Leaves alternating up the stems, 1-3.5cm long, 5-20mm wide, flat, more or less hairy.  Male and female (and bisexual) flowers on the same plant.  Flowers small (less than 3mm across), green, with 4 'petals', in paired clusters (occasionally single clusters) of 3 flowers, at the bases of the leaves.

Differs from Parietaria cardiostegia in that the leaf-like bracts below the flower groups are lance-shaped to broad-elliptic.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 210

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