Procris glabra Hook. & Arn.
Urera konaensis H.St.John
Urera sandwicensis Wedd.
Urera glabra is a shrub or a small tree with rather long, thick, drooping branches; it usually grows 2 - 8 metres tall but occasionally to 10.5 metres. The straight bole can be up to 30cm in diameter and is clothed in a smooth, very fibrous bark[
]. The plant is nearly always a tree when growing on the main island of Hawaii, but is usually only a shrub on the other islands[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of fibre.
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, most, if not all, members of this genus have strongly stinging hairs[
Pacific - Hawaii.
Mesic to wet forests and diverse mesic forests, on slopes and the bottoms of gulches, at elevations from 150 - 1,700 metres[
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It is not a very dry district plant, but favors regions with more frequent and heavier precipitation[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
For the treatment of constipation; the flowers, leaf buds, and tap root, combined with maaloa (Neraudia spp.), are mixed with the leaves and leaf buds of Chamaesyce spp., and white sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum). These are pounded into a liquid and then strained with Cyperus javanicus, and mixed with pia (Tacca leontopetaloides) and stirred. The liquid medicine is drunk and followed by broiled sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)[
The fibres obtained from the inner bark are used for making cordage, nets etc, and also occasionally for making tapa cloth[
The wood is soft and light[
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