Dendrocnide cordifolia (L.S.Sm.) Jackes & M.Hurley
Jackes, B.R. & Hurley, M. (1997) Austrobaileya 5: 122.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 1-4 m tall.
Twigs, petioles and both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in stinging hairs which inflict long-lasting pain. Petioles long, often longer than the leaf blade and attached to the edge of the leaf blade. Leaf blades often large, about 16-22 cm diam. Lateral and reticulate veins depressed on the upper surface.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 4 mm diam. First pair of leaves opposite or subopposite and clothed in stinging hairs, margin toothed. At the tenth leaf stage: all parts clothed in stinging hairs, leaf base cordate, petiole long, often longer than the leaf blade, stipules about 4-6 mm long, 2-awned at the apex. Seed germination time 27 to 28 days.
All parts of this species inflict a painful sting which can last for months. If someone receives a significant sting over a wide area of a limb, as a result of being hit hard by the plant, little or no sleep will be obtained the first night following the sting. Major stings cause the affected tissue to exude lymph and pains are experienced in lymph glands in the armpit or groin. Working among plants and disturbing them cause fits of sneezing and copious production of mucous from the nasal membrane.