January 11, 2020

Stinging Nettle

Macro and Micro Picture of the Day 2020-01-11

Here are parts of dried leaves of a stinging nettle plant. In the center piece you can see the hollow stinging hairs which can inject inflammatory phytochemicals into skin. On the bottom left is a 0.5 mm diameter pencil lead for scale. Stinging nettle is used as medicine to treat kidney and urinary problems, rheumatism and gout, among others. There is even a stinging nettle eating contest.

Equipment used: Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 49 mm long extension tube.

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