Congo Jute

Urena lobata

Urena lobata, Malvaceae, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

In a forest edge at Kakamega Reserve, Kenya, Africa. Dec. 2014.

flower of Urena lobata, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

SUB-SHRUB: Leafy herb or slightly woody to 1½ meters tall.

FLOWERS: The flowers are pink to mauve with five relatively large petals. Stamen filaments fused into fleshy column.

LEAVES: The leaves in this example are very broad, but narrower leaves are possible; three or five wide lobes.

RANGE: Native to tropical Africa, but also found in tropical America and elsewhere.

FRUIT:Sphaerical and only about 3cm in diameter. Surface with bur-like projections.

UNARMED: No thorns.

Malvaceae -- Mallow Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 17 July 2015