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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Small-Spike False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 28, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire This is a fairly common plant. But I had avoided trying to identify it for years because I never saw the flowers. There is only one species in the Boehmeria genus (in New England). But there is another genus in the same family with very similar, non-stinging plants: Pilea. The flowers of Small-Spike False Nettle are a spike, while the flowers of Pilea species are a panicle. In addition, the cystoliths (concentration of calcium carbonate appearing as minute segments on the leaf) are rounded in Small-Spike False Nettle but linear in Pilea species.