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This article is about the plant genus. For other uses, see Ureña.
Urena lobata 1.jpg
Urena lobata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Urena

Urena lobata
Urena sinuata

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.