Boehmeria cylindrica

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Common name: false-nettle [1], smallspike false nettle [2]

Boehmeria cylindrica
Boehmeria cylindrica AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Urticales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Boehmeria
Species: B. cylindrica
Binomial name
Boehmeria cylindrica
Natural range of Boehmeria cylindrica from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Boehmeria cylindrica var. cylindrica, Boehmeria cylindrica var. drummondiana, Boehmeria drummondiana Weddell

Varieties: none


B. cylindrica is a perennial forb/herb of the Urticaceae family native to North America, Canada, and Puerto Rico. [2]


B. cylindrica is found in Puerto Rico, the Quebec and Ontario regions of Canada, and everywhere but the northwestern corner of the United States. [2]



B. cylindrica is found in swamp forests, bottomlands, bogs, tidal marshes, and other marshes and wetlands. [1]


B. cylindrica has been observed flowering between August and September. [3]

Fire ecology

B. cylindrica is not fire resistant, but does have a medium fire tolerance. [2]

Use by animals

B. cylindrica is somewhat palatable to grazing animals. [2]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 USDA Plant Database
  3. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 17 MAY 2018