urena

urena

[yoo-ree-nuh]
noun
any tropical plant or shrub belonging to the genus Urena, of the mallow family, having clusters of small, yellow flowers, especially U. lobata, which yields a useful bast fiber.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin, probably < Malayalam uṛiñña name for various vitaceous or sapindaceous plants

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urena

(Urena lobata), plant of the family Malvaceae; its fibre is one of the bast fibre group. The plant, probably of Old World origin, grows wild in tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world

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