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Abroma augusta - (L.) L.f.

Common Name Cotton Abroma. Perennial Indian Hemp.
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards The plant has irritating hairs[272].
Habitats Forest margins, valley gullies in southern China[266]. Open, dry places at elevations from 300 - 1,100 metres in Nepal[272]. Commonly found in tufts or tickets, often seeming to prefer the edges of forests and clearings or the banks of watercourses[418].
Range E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to Micronesia.
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Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Abroma augusta Cotton Abroma. Perennial Indian Hemp.


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Abroma augusta is a SHRUB growing to 3 m (9ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Ambroma augustum (L.) L.f. Abroma alata Blanco. Abroma angulata Lam. Abroma angulosa Poir. Abroma communis Blanco. Abroma denticulata Miq. Abroma elongata Lam. Abroma fastuosa R.Br. Abroma javanica Miq. Abroma mariae Mart. Abroma mollis DC. Abroma obliqua C.Presl. Abroma sinuosa G.Nicholson. Abroma wheleri Retz. Ambroma augustum (L.) L. f. Herrania mariae (Mart.) Decne. ex Goudot. Theobroma augustum L. Theobroma mariae (Mart.) K. Schum.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The fresh viscid sap of the root bark is considered to be a valuable emmenagogue and uterine tonic[372]. The juice of the plant is used to treat dysmenorrhoea[46, 272]. The root has been used to treat itch[372]. Used in the treatment of diabetes[266].

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Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: The plant is used in soil reclamation projects[418 ]. Other Uses: A high quality fibre is obtained from the bark[46 , 266 ]. Soft, glossy, strong, white, and clean, it is much valued for local uses[272 , 454 ]. It might be used as a substitute for silk[454 ]. Similar to jute (Corchorus spp.), it is a good cordage fibre used for making ropes, nets etc[46 , 266 , 272 ]. It is also used for false hair[418 ]. The bark is retted in water, taking about a week before the fibres can be removed[272 ]. Sometimes grown as an ornamental[266, 317]. Carbon Farming - Industrial Crop: fiber.

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Fiber  Management: Coppice  Regional Crop

A plant of the tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,200 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 26 - 31°c, but can tolerate 18 - 36°c[418].It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,500 - 3,000mm, but tolerates 1,300 - 3,500mm, and dislikes marked dry seasons[418]. Requires a sunny position[418]. Succeeds in most soils, so long as they are well-drained, growing best in a fertile, medium loam[418]. Prefers a pH in the range 5 - 6, tolerating 4.5 - 6.5[418]. For the best quality fibre, the plant should be harvested when the flowers open - after about 100 - 120 days of growth[418]. The plant yields three crops a year, and is said to be more easily cultivated than jute (Corchorus spp.) or sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea)[454]. Can be grown as an annual. Bloom Color:Maroon/Burgundy. Carbon Farming - Cultivation: regional crop. Management: coppice.

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Propagation

Seed. Propagated from seed. Seed germinate in 21–30 days at 72 °F (24 °C).

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Pisachkarpas, Ulatkambal

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Tropical Asia, South and eastern Africa, and Australia.

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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