Triumfetta berteroi Turcz.
Triumfetta heterophylla Lam.
Triumfetta hostmannii Miq.
Triumfetta quinqueloba Turcz.
Triumfetta salzmanni Turcz.
Triumfetta sinuosa Miq.
Triumfetta lappula is a slender shrub growing 1.5 - 3 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild as a source of a fine fibre that is used locally. The plant is also sometimes used medicinally and to clarify syrup.
S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru; north through the Caribbean and through Central America to Mexico.
Wet to dry thickets, often in second growth or waste ground, frequent in hedges; usually at low elevations but extending to 2,200 metres[
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A plant of mainly low elevations in the tropics, though it can be found at elevations up to 1,500 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[
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 leaves and bark contain a sweet, slightly astringent mucilage, which is made into an infusion and used as a remedy for colds[
The stem-bark, leaves and flowers are stringent and mucilaginous; they make an excellent emollient[
A strong, fine fibre is obtained from the bark[
]. It is used for making cordage[
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