4 responses to “Eucnide urens”

  1. Elizabeth Revell

    I have to say I can’t see why it would be considered a “GOOD stinging nettle”! It sounds worse than your average nettle to me. (Except Urtica ferox, which is equally nasty to come up against).
    Lovely flowers though. The Bighorns must have very tough lips.

  2. Tony Puddicombe

    RE: “I was not able to find any primary research that addressed the adaptive roles of desert stingbush’s spines, but presumably whichever consumer the spines do protect against causes more damage than aphids can”.My undertanding, when considering evolution,is that one cannot assume that anything necessarily has a role in the plant’s defense. All mutations are random and may or may not give the plant an advantage in an ecological niche.

  3. Rob Jarvis

    Makes you itchy just looking at it! What cure is there for being attacked by the spines? For stinging nettles here in Africa rubbing three herbaceous plant leaves from different species growing in proximity relieves the pain. For the stinging hairs on the Buffalo bean you need to cake the area in mud and peel it off when dry to remove the hairs.

  4. marilyn brown

    When I was child, a bee-sting was treated similarly, with a paste of baking soda gooped onto the stinger and allowed to dry. The stinger came away with the dried soda.

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