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Photo by Wojciech Maksymilian Szymanski.

Photo by Raul

Author: Paulo Brack, 1987
Origin:  Brazil (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Panama to Mexico, Trinidad to Cuba)
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  1,5 - 6 Metres
Flower:  Purple
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Urtica nitida, José Mariano da Conceição Vellozo, 1831.
Urera denticulata
, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel, 1853.
Urera baccifera var. angustifolia, Hugh Algernon Weddell,

This member of the Urticaceae family was given this name by Paulo Brack in 1987. It is found in Brazil, and brought to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas, Panama, Mexico, Trinidad and Cuba. It is growing in almost any soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from 1,5 to six metres in height. The flowers are purple, the berries white.

The genus name is from Latin uro, 'burn' or 'sting', in reference to the stinging hairs of some species in this genus. The species name means 'shiny' or 'glossy' for the leaves.

This plant form a nice caudex in its young years, but it tend to get slender by age.

Photo by Raul