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Urena lobata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Hibisceae
Genus: Urena

Urena is a genus of plants which grow in various tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world. Some view the plant as a weed, but others make use of its fiber for various purposes. Extracts from its leaves or roots have broad spectrum antibacterial qualities. The leaves and flowers are also a famine food in Africa.

Its seeds are spread by animals. Roots and bark are used as cure for hydrophobia. Fibres obtained from it are used for making coffee sacks in Brazil.



  1. ^ "genus Urena". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) online database. Retrieved 17 April 2017.