10 responses to “Cnidoscolus stimulosus”

  1. elizabeth a airhart

    i live in florida one learns the hard
    about watching step what you pick
    we have a misery called fire ants

  2. George L. in Vermont

    Check out this incredible scanning electron micrograph (with text) of the surface of a stinging nettle leaf! http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/bia/gallery.html?image=18

  3. Java

    I grew up in Florida and have a specific memory of this beautiful little flower. I was maybe 6 years old and was attending Vacation Bible School at our small Presbyterian church in Gainesville. The class was running around the church grounds looking for flowers. I saw this beautiful dainty white bouquet in the grass. I reached down to pluck it , and as I touched it I got two painful sensations. In addition to the sharp prick from the plant, my fingers were stomped on by another child. Other children had discovered the prickly secret of these little flowers and were stomping on them as they ran around the yard. I’ve never touched this plant since.

  4. Allan Hall

    What a very unlikely looking member of this family – Euphorbiaceae certainly has some surprises!

  5. Sue in Bremerton WA

    My cousin and I were in a wooded park near Seattle once, and he told me to hold a green leaf between my thumb and forefinger. Being the innocent person I was, I did it. It was a stinging nettle, and after a while he said I could let go. We went on our way, and suddenly I felt more pain in my thumb and forefinger than I had ever felt before or since. That was a LONG time ago I wish I could send him one of these little flowery plants, and get even, hee hee. Tell him to smell them every day, get his nose right down there. OH Revenge would be MINE.

  6. fotrristi

    This plant is beautiful – stinging nettles are not! I have nettles in my garden for some butterfly larvae, but it is also a nasty weed. I’d prefer this one any day!! In the spring we pick young stinging nettles and make soup of them – very nice! Great photo!

  7. Peggy

    I just have to defend the Noble Nettle! Yes, their stings are painful, but if you wear gloves to pick the leaves, and steam them for about 5-10 minutes, you have a delicious, organically grown, spinach-like green!
    And actually, a few times I mislaid or forgot my gloves, and picked them anyway, using just the thumb and fingertip of one hand. After the first few leaves, my finger and thumb went numb, so there was no more pain, and I was able to pick as much as I wanted.
    Does the beautifully photographed finger rot have any such redeeming qualities?

  8. Deb Lievens

    Hi Daniel, One more example of why this website is so fabulous. Beautiful pictures and information I would probably never have an opportunity to find otherwise. Thanks as always.

  9. Janis Brown

    I live in Florida. Does the Cnidoscolus stimulosus have the same medicinal effects as the ‘true’ stinging nettle??? If I dry and use this in herbal recipes, will I get the same effects???
    Thanks for the responses.

  10. jerry Tirado

    Agradecere Informacion de Chaya

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