Triumfetta abutiloides A.St.-Hil.
Triumfetta althaeoides Lam.
Triumfetta obscura A.St.-Hil.
Triumfetta oxyphylla DC.
Triumfetta rubricaulis Kunth
Common Name: Burweed
Burweed is a slender perennial herb with stems that can become woody, growing 1 - 3 metres tall[
]. The stems are often much-branched[
The plant has, in the past, been cultivated as a fibre crop[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru; north through the Caribbean to Florida and through Central America to Mexico.
Moist or dry thickets, sometimes in thin forest, especially oak forest, often a weedy plant of waste places, common in second growth; usually at low elevations but extending to 1,800 metres[
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A plant of mainly lowland areas in the tropics and subtropics, though it can be found at elevations up to 3,000 metres in the Equatorial tropics.
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 plant has spread widely through the tropics and has become a noxious weed in many areas[
]. It has been shown to prevent the establishment of native species in disturbed forest sites[
The roots are mucilaginous and astringent. They are said to have diuretic properties[
]. They are used in the treatment of venereal diseases, and for liver and kidney affections[
The leaves are used in treatment of haemorrhages[
The plant has a tough fibre in the bark. It is used for making rope, coarse cloth and paper[
]. The fibre is rather similar to jute (Corchorus spp) in colour, strength and general characteristics[
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