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Taxon: Urena lobata L.

Genus: Urena
Family: Malvaceae subfamily: Malvoideae tribe: Hibisceae
Nomen number: 40900
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:692. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 31-Mar-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 12 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • aramina-plant   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • bur-mallow   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • Caesarweed   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • Congo-jute   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • pipiri   (Source: Pacif I Ecosyst Risk ) – English
  • urena-weed   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • di tao hua   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • cousin urène   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Kongojute   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • paka   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – India
  • guaxima   (Source: Michaelis) – Portuguese
  • uaicima   (Source: Michaelis) – Portuguese
  • aguaxima   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carrapicho-de-lavadeira   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • carrapicho-redondo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • embira   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • guaxima-rósea   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • malvaísco   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • malva-de-embira   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • malva-rósea   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • aramina   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • cadillo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • malva blanca   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • aramina   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Materials: essential oils   (source of patchouli oil fide Pl Res SEAs 19:153.)
  • Materials: fiber   (fide Pl Book)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional range:

    China: China - Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Nepal; Pakistan
    Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Brunei; Indonesia; New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
    Caribbean: Bahamas; Cuba; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands (British); Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Paraguay

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Ethiopia; Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Rwanda; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Burkina Faso; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Western Indian Ocean: Reunion
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Northwestern Pacific: Guam; Micronesia; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau
    South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands; French Polynesia - Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands, Society Islands
    Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga
    Western South America: Ecuador - Galapagos Islands

  • also cultivated

  • exact native range obscure



Check other web resources for Urena lobata L.:


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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