Stinging hairs on nettle stem

Stinging hairs on nettle stem

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Caption: Stinging nettle hairs. Stinging hairs on the stem of a nettle plant (Urtica dioica). This poisonous plant is covered in sharp hairs that break off when touched, releasing an irritant mixture of formic acid and enzymes. Preparations of the stinging nettle are believed to have astringent properties. They are also used as a tonic in herbal medicine.

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