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Urtica dioica L. ssp. gracilis (Aiton) Seland.
California nettle

General Information
Symbol: URDIG
Group: Dicot
Family: Urticaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


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Symbol Scientific Name
URMA Urtica major H.P. Fuchs
URSE3 Urtica serra auct. non Blume
URDIA Urtica dioica L. var. angustifolia Schltdl.
URVI Urtica viridis Rydb.
URCA3 Urtica californica Greene
URLYC Urtica lyallii S. Watson var. californica (Greene) Jeps.
URCA5 Urtica cardiophylla Rydb.
URDIG2 Urtica dioica L. var. gracilis (Aiton) C.L. Hitchc.
URGR3 Urtica gracilis Aiton
URDIP2 Urtica dioica L. var. procera (Muhl. ex Willd.) Weddell
URDIC Urtica dioica L. var. californica (Greene) C.L. Hitchc.
URPR Urtica procera Muhl. ex Willd.
URST2 Urtica strigosissima Rydb.
URLY2 Urtica lyallii S. Watson
URDIL Urtica dioica L. var. lyallii (S. Watson) C.L. Hitchc.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Urticales
Family Urticaceae – Nettle family
Genus Urtica L. – nettle
Species Urtica dioica L. – stinging nettle
Subspecies Urtica dioica L. ssp. gracilis (Aiton) Seland. – California nettle

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