Urticaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herbs (in Victoria), sometimes with stinging hairs. Leaves simple, petiolate, stipulate. Inflorescence axillary, monoecious or dioecious, cymose, spicate or capitate. Flowers small, unisexual, rarely bisexual, actinomorphic, perianth segments 3–5, occasionally 1, 2 or absent, in 1 whorl, persistent. Male flowers wtih 3–5 stamens, rarely reduced to 2 or 1; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing by longitudinal slits; pistillode usually present. Female flowers with scale-like staminodes sometimes present; ovary superior, 1-locular, style 1. Fruit an achene, rarely a drupe.

About 52 genera and 1900 species, widely distributed around the world; 9 genera and 21 species in Australia.

Source: Entwisle, T.J.; Gebauer, R. (1996). Urticaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
Higher taxa
family Urticaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Australina
genus Parietaria
genus Soleirolia
genus Urtica