This species is closely related to Cypholophus macrocephalus and, in some treatments, is included in that species as Cypholophus macrocephalus heterophyllus Wedd. (treated here as a synonym)[
Boehmeria harveyi Seem.
Cypholophus macrocephalus heterophyllus Wedd.
Cypholophus heterophyllus is a shrub or small tree growing 1 - 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of fibre.
Southeast Asia - Philippines to the Pacific Islands.
Dense or open forest, or on its edges; hillside thickets; pastures; and occasionally in beach thickets at elevations from sea level to about 1,150 metres in Fiji[
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The leaves are said to be used with oil as a massage for broken bones[
A fibre is obtained from the inner bark[
]. It is sometimes used for making cloth[
]. In Samoa, these bast fibres are highly valued for making fine mats[
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