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Urena lobata L.

Group: Dicot
Family: Malvaceae - Mallow family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Subshrub

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Banokra, Atlera, Nageji, Jangli Ghagra, Belaz-gota (Rema-Kalenga).

Tribal Name: Kuney gaas (Chakma), Roabey (Murong), Mesha (Murong), Phophi (Marma), Pobibaong (Marma), Faw Ma (Marma), Wakkhansu Buphang (Tipra), Napsa (Murong).

English Name: Aramina Fibre, Congo Jute.

Description of the Plant:

Erect annual or perennial shrubs, stems stellate hairy. Leaves simple, palmately lobed, and cordate. Flowers in axillary racemes, pink. Fruits cocci.

Chemical Constituents:

Seeds contain an enzyme, urease. They also contain pentosans, mucilage and proteins (Ghani, 2003).

Mode of Uses:

A root extract of Urena lobata and a leaf extract of Blumea lacera are mixed with sugar and the extract taken for spermatorrhoea (Chakma).

A paste of the leaves of Cassia obtusifolia and Urena lobata is used to treat ear infections in cows (Murong).

Urena lobata L.

Urena lobata L.

The root parts are tied with a cotton thread and placed just under the umbilicus in women as a contraceptive (Marma and Murong).


In most of the districts in fallow lands.

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