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Useful Tropical Plants

Malachra capitata

(L.) L.

Malvaceae


This plant is closely related to Malachra alceifolia, and is included in that species by some botanists.

+ Synonyms

Malachra mexicana Schrad.

Malachra palmata Moench

Malachra poeppigii Gürke

Malachra ruderalis Gürke

Malachra velutina Triana & Planch.

Sida capitata L.

Urena capitata (L.) M.Gómez

Common Name:

Malachra capitata
Flower, leaf and developing fruit
Photograph by: Lalithamba
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Malachra capitata Malachra capitata

General Information

Malachra capitata is a coarse herb, growing up to 1.5 metres tall[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. The plant is usually erect, covered throughout with a rather dense tomentum of fine close stellate hairs, the stems often bearing a few long spreading hairs[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
M. Capitata is planted as fibre plant in India, formerly also in Cuba. Roots and leaves are in some regions a medicine[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

Northern S. America - Peru and Ecuador, through Central America to Mexico and the West Indies.

Habitat

Mostly in weedy fields or waste ground at elevations below 400 metres in Guatemala[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of lowland tropical areas, usually found below 500 metres but with occasional plants found at elevations above 1,000 metres.

Introduced as weed in all tropical regions[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

An excellent fibre is obtained from the stems[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is similar to jute (Corchorus spp.)[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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