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Dendrocnide

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Rosales
Familia: Urticaceae
Genus: Dendrocnide

Dendrocnide is a genus of 37 species of shrub to large tree in the nettle family Urticaceae. They have a wide distribution across South-East Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands[1].

They are colloquially known as stinging nettles. One Australian species, Dendrocnide excelsa (Giant Stinging Tree), can grow to over 40 metres in height, but the dangerous Dendrocnide moroides (gympie-gympie) is only shrub-size.

Dendrocnide species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Aenetus scotti.
Selected species

* Dendrocnide corallodesme
* Dendrocnide cordata
* Dendrocnide excelsa, giant stinging tree
* Dendrocnide meyeniana
* Dendrocnide moroides, gympie gympie
* Dendrocnide peltata
* Dendrocnide photinophylla, shiny-leaved stinging tree

References

1. ^ ABRS Flora of Australia Online Search Results

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