Laportea alatipes

Nettle, Laportea alatipes, in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along a road cut through Gatamaiyo Forest, Nakuru, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

Leaves: The leaves and stems are set with sharp hypodermic needles ready to inject a stinging chemical. The elliptical leaves are sharply serrated on the margins. Veins below are conspicuously raised.

Flowers: Male and female flowers occur separately on the same plant. The female flowers have conspicuous fan-shaped bracts.

Habit: Tall, leafy, largely herbaceous, and occasionally reaching 1.5 m.

Urticaceae -- Nettle Family

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Kenya Natural History

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