Forsskaolea tenacissima

Forsskaolea tenacissima

''Forsskaolea tenacissima'' is a member of the non-stinging nettles genus ''Forsskaolea'' and is in the same family as the stinging kind, Urticaceae. Described as "looking like a tough character that does not want or need a caress", ''F. tenacissima'' makes its home where not many plant species survive, in stony soils, road edges, in the gravel wadi
and "in the rock crevices and water-receiving depressions" above the stone pavements of the Hamadas.

''Forsskaolea tenacissima'' was named in mourning of a student of Carl Linnaeus, a Swede named Peter Forsskål, who died while gathering botanical and zoological specimens from the Arabia Felix. Linnaeus named this plant ''Forsskaolea tenacissima'' because the plant was as stubborn and persistent as the student had been.

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