Triumfetta botteriana Turcz.
Triumfetta dumetorum Schltdl.
Triumfetta grossulariaefolia A.Rich.
Triumfetta hispida A.Rich.
Triumfetta jelskii Szyszylowicz
Triumfetta josefina Pol.
Triumfetta lindeniana Turcz.
Triumfetta orizaba Turcz.
Triumfetta panamensis I.M.Johnst.
Triumfetta pilosa Kunth
Triumfetta sepium St.Hil., Juss. & Camb.
Triumfetta valenciensis R.Knuth
Triumfetta vincentina Urb.
Triumfetta bogotensis is a shrub or a perennial herb with stems that are woody at the base. The stems, which are often much-branched, are 1 - 1.5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its fibre, and is also used to clarify syrup when making sugar.
The burs of these plants are a great nuisance, clinging tenaciously to clothing and to the pelage of animals, being thus dispersed widely. The manes and tails of horses sometimes become so filled with these burs that the hair must be cut away[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru; north through the Caribbean and through Central America to Mexico.
Moist, wet, or dry thickets, sometimes in pine-oak forest, at elevations from 500 - 2,200 metres in Guatemala[
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A plant of low to moderate elevations in the tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations from sea level to over 2,200 metres.
The plant produces seed capsules covered in hooked spines that adhere strongly to animal fur, clothing etc, and are thus easily transported to new sites[
]. The 'mozotes' or burs of these plants are a great nuisance, especially in the lowlands, where they most abound. They cling tenaciously to clothing and to the pelage of animals, being thus dispersed widely. The manes and tails of horses sometimes become so filled with the burs that the hair must be cut away[
An astringent mucilage obtained from the plant is used for clarifying syrup[
]. The leaves and bark contain a sweet, slightly astringent mucilage that is used to purify or clarify syrup when making sugar[
The sap is more or less mucilaginous. The boiled extract of the plant is used as a remedy for jaundice; for treating inflammation of the stomach; and for gonorrhoea[
A strong, fine fibre is obtained from the bark[
The tough, flexible branches are sometimes used for making rough brooms or brushes[
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