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Cave dwelling nettle discovered in China


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Cave dwelling nettle discovered in China

_South West China, Myanmar and Northern Vietnam contain one of the oldest exposed outcrops of limestone in the world. Within this area are thousands of caves and gorges. It is only recently that botanists have sought to explore the caves for plants. This exploration is yielding many new species new to science, that are known only from these habitats. The current study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys.

Kew botanist and nettle expert Alex Monro says, "When my Chinese colleague Wei Yi-Gang from the Guangxi Institute of Botany first mentioned cave-dwelling plants to me, I thought that he was mis-translating a Chinese word into English._

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I thought this piece of curious news warranted a more extensive distribution – where better than on GoY!

So the next time you visit a cave be sure to wear long trousers to protect your self from Cave Nettles! (though actually in the article it doesn’t say if they sting!)

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fascinating article, thanks for pointing it out.

whether it stings or not likely dpends on how likely it is to be predated upon - field nettles need to stop cows mucnhing them. and also maybe how much energy it's got to spare for the sting; with light levels that low, it might have had to ditch non-esseintials. of course, not getting eaten is pretty essential to survival!

28 Dec, 2012


I was fascinated with Attenborough the other day talking about a fossil which was in the oldest rocks on earth being neither plant nor animal as it was before the two had divided.
Who can tell what wonders are still out there waiting to be discovered.
Thanks Balcony

29 Dec, 2012


sour laugh, or destroyed in building or mining or weapons testing sites?

29 Dec, 2012


Thanks for the info.balcony.I will go to the web site if I can type in that lot without error!

29 Dec, 2012


That was interesting. Some plants do manage somehow, to survive in places of very low light.
In the article, it mentions these nettles belong to the genus Pilea. Several Pileas are grown as house plants.

29 Dec, 2012


Glad you all found it of interest! I thought it was interesting enough to put in a blog & share it with you who love growing plants as I thought it was bound to draw many people's attention!

I doubt it would sting either. That was a "tongue-in-cheek" comment! There's is extremely little chance of it being eaten, nor would it need to protect itself. It also looks more like the Dead-nettles than the Stinging Nettle. But just mention the word "Nettle" to anyone & IMMEDIATELY they think of our "friend" the Stinging Nettle!

I bet you did as well - I must admit I did, too!

Feverfew, you needn't type anything just copy & paste! Or, at least it works for me on FireFox, just run your mouse pointer over it holding down the left button as you do so & then click on it with your right button & you get the option to open the link (there & then), or to open it in a new tab, which is what I usually do. No more copy/paste! Most certainly I NEVER copy a link letter by letter into my browser!!! Years have gone by since I stopped doing that!

29 Dec, 2012

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