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  Urena lobata L.
  Family Name : Malvaceae

  Synonyms : Urena grandiflora, Urena trilobata

  Common Names : Bur mallow, Caesar weed, Urena burr

  Chinese Name : 地桃花

Bur mallow,Caesar weed,Urena burr
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      0.6 m to 3 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Subshrub (a short, woody shrub with herbaceous branch tips) up to 3 m tall.
      Foliage: Greyish green leaves are egg-shaped or lobed (1-12 cm long, 1-12 cm wide) with a toothed leaf margin. Both sides of the leaf are covered in soft, short hairs.
      Stems: The woody stem near the base reaches up to 7 cm wide.
      Flowers: Hibiscus-like flowers are 1 cm wide and composed of 5 pink petals with rounded tips. They usually occur singly in the leaf axils (the angle between the stem and upper leaf surface).
      Fruits: Dry, dehiscent fruits are known as capsules. The round fruits split into 5 small fruitlets known as mericarps.
      Cultivation :
      This species can tolerate salt spray and moderately saline soils.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Medicinal (In Bangladesh, an infusion of flowers (flowers soaked in water) is taken to treat sore throat. The roots are commonly used as a diuretic.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Invasive / Potentially Invasive
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Butterfly Food Plant (Flower Nectar)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Hairy / Hirsute
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage
      Foliar Margin :
      Palmately Lobed
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
  • References
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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