What big teeth this has! What is it?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I think we saw this plant at what I'm calling 1st Forrest, when we were going on about how Douglas Justice was lying to us in his blog about a maple being nearby, which we later found at the next Forrest Trail sign farther down Lower Asian Way. Now I see that it's curved trail and there are two Forrest Trail locations on Lower Asian Way. Anyway, the plant - the leaves have remarkably big serrations, and they are very regular. Branching is opposite. We didn't find a label, and it has a kind-of creepy weed look to it. Is it meant to be there?
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    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Urticaceae of some sort. May not be Urtica dioica, though we don't have records of anything else here. It's probably good for caterpillars!
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thank you. It's nice to have something to offer the caterpillars something they can fill up on before moving on to your treasured specimen plants.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks like weedy nettles to me. It's all around the edges of the Garden.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    @Gomero posted a photo on Facebook of what looked the same to me, and he thought looked the same, says his (in Pibrac, France) is Boehmeria japonica. I see this has a common name of Japanese false nettle.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    That's a rare exotic species that doesn't pop up all over in this area.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    So @Eric La Fountaine, when you said "weedy nettles", you were confirming the Urtica dioica, common nettle, ID?
     
  8. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No. I was just saying it looked like them. I don't find an accession of Boehmeria in our data that really looks like this plant to me. We have had B. gigantea, something called grandiflora (not a name I find), and platanifolia. We have had very few accessions of Urticaceae and nothing else that looks like this. It's a mystery to me and I don't know where this is in the garden.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Urtica dioica for me too.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The Boehmeria I have seen in the Lam Garden in the past (I haven't been there in years) were quite visibly different from the nettles being asked about here.
     

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