The name of this species has recently (2001) been changed from Hibiscus macrophyllus, though this is not universally recognised as yet(2009)[
Hibiscus macrophyllus Roxb. ex Hornem.
Hibiscus setosus Roxb.
Pariti macrophyllum (Roxb. ex Hornem.) G.Don
Paritium macrophyllum (Roxb. ex Hornem.) G.Don
Common Name: Large-Leaved Hau
Large-leaved hau can be shrub-like, but is more commonly a small to medium-sized tree growing from 6 - 25 metres tall[
]. The erect bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
Gathered from the wild for its wood and fibre, the plant is cultivated from India to Java as a bark fibre plant, whilst is also sometimes grown in the Tropics as an ornamental[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Evergreen broad-leaved forests, near villages; at elevations of 400 - 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Plants can flower and fruit all year round[
A fibre is obtained from the bark[
]. It is used for rough ropes, mats and string[
The light greyish-brown wood is soft, light, fine-grained[
]. It is used for the construction of houses[
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