Plant ID forum: Anyone recognize this one?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2014 6:30 PM CST
It's not anything that I planted (that I know of) ... it just appeared in one of my container plants ... full shade:


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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 19, 2014 8:39 PM CST
*Bumping this up* I wonder if it could be a type of Stinging Nettle (Urtica)? Tomorrow I will get a closer look at the stem.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 19, 2014 9:21 PM CST

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Might be West Indian woodnettle (Laportea aestuans), but that's just a guess.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2014 7:44 AM CST
Kent, thank you so much. I'm going to go out and look closer at stems etc. but it sure looks like an exact match to L. aestuans which has been reported here in my county. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/scripts/dbs/herbs_project/herbsproj...
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Aug 20, 2014 9:16 AM CST
I thought it might be a nettle but it didn't look quite like the ones I know of. The first nettle encounter I had was also one that volunteered in a container.

I grasped it to pull it out....

Rolling on the floor laughing

I wonder if this one has the health benefits of the stinging nettle? (Tea, plant food, etc.) Maybe not since it is a different genus.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Kyla, I was thinking nettle too but just wasn't sure. I was working out in the yard early yesterday morning and ended up with contact dermatitis all along one side of my face! At first I thought it may have been from handling that particular plant but it could have been most anything. I was trimming some shrubbery and low tree branches and probably got sap on my gloves and then touched my face. Grumbling
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Aug 20, 2014 2:09 PM CST
My experience with Urtica is that it burns like the dickens but doesn't raise a rash of any kind.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2014 2:15 PM CST
Yeah, I knew that Stinging Nettle burns/stings so I don't think I got this dermatitis from that plant. I have very sensitive skin and it doesn't take much for me to end up with a rash.
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