Texas Bull Nettle - Cnidoscolus, texanus

EUPHORBICACEAE - Spurge Family

 

  • Other names: Treat-Softly, Purge Nettle
  • Height: 1 1/2-3 feethigh with several stems from the same root system.
  • Root System:Deep taproot enables the plant to thrive even in the hottest part of the summer.
  • Leaves are alternate, 2-4 inches long, divided into 5 leaflets, crinkled in appearance and covered with stinging hairs.
  • Allergic reactions: "Sting" of the hairs, and the milky sap from a broken stem.
  • Flowers: 5-7 white, petal-like sepals, united below; no petals. 10 or more stamens and a 3 lobed pistil.

Scientific Information and Identifying Source: Loughmiller, Cambell and Lynn. (2002). Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Photo: Courtesy of S. Peregrine Johnson.

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