Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Urena lobata - Pulut-Pulut
Urena lobata is an annual shrub of the family Malvaceae. It is widely distributed in the tropics, probably of Asiatic origin.
Urena lobata’s flowers are about 2-3cm diameter, 5-merous, with brilliant pink petals, almost similar to those of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, only smaller. The fruits are partially spherical schizocarp, 5-compartment, barbed.
In Malaysia, it is known as pulut-pulut, or pulut lembu. It grows on wastelands as well as cultivated lands as weeds. It has been declared a noxious weed in Fiji. The stem fibers are used for making carpets and rope in Brazil and Zaire.