Boehmeria hypoleuca Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Boehmeria salicifolia D.Don
Debregeasia bicolor (Roxb.) Wedd.
Debregeasia hypoleuca (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Wedd.
Debregeasia salicifolia (D.Don) Rendle
Missiessya hypoleuca Wedd.
Morocarpus salicifolius (D. Don) Blume
Procris hypoleuca Steud.
Rhus saeneb Forssk.
Urtica bicolor Roxb.
Urtica salicifolia Roxb.
Debregeasia salicifolia is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing around 5 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild, mainly as a source of fibre and for its edible fruit.
Northwest Africa - Ethiopia, through W. Asia - Afghanistan, Iran to the W. Himalayas and China.
Forests and shrubberies[
], chiefly along watercourses, at elevations from 1,500 - 2,400 metres[
]. Shady, moist places by streams, forests in mountain valleys; at elevations from 1,700 - 2,300 metres[
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A plant mainly of the subtropics, but also found at higher elevations in the tropics.
Prefers a fertile well-drained loam with some shelter at the hottest part of the day[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required.
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Sweet but insipid and mucilaginous[
]. About the size of a pea[
]. Used as a flavouring[
A strong fibre is obtained from the bark[
]. It is used for making twine and rope[
Wood - soft and light. It is not much use[
] and is employed mainly as a fuel[
Seed - only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out when large enough.
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