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Wissadula periplocifolia - (L.) C.Presl ex Thwaites

Common Name White velvetleaf
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Thickets near sea level, dry slopes, roadsides[266 ]. Moist thickets, wet forest, and brushy slopes in tropical America[382 ].
Range Tropical areas of the Americas and Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Wissadula periplocifolia White velvetleaf


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Wissadula periplocifolia is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Abutilon periplocifolium (L.) Sweet Sida periplocifolia L. Wissadula zeylanica Medik.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

References

Medicinal Uses

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None known

References

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Other Uses

An excellent fibre is obtained from the bark[46 , 454 ]. The stems strip well and readily and the bark 'retts' out, leaving a fine fibre of a type to compete with jute (Corchorus spp.)[454 ].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Fiber  Management: Coppice  Regional Crop

Tropical and sub-tropical humid climate. The plant thrives magnificently in barren and rocky soils[454 ]. It is estimated that as much as 1 tonne of stripped bark can be obtained from a hectare, and that from 25 - 40% of cleaned fibre could be obtained from this[454 ]. Plants growing very near to each other will produce very tall stems, say from 3 - 3.6 metres tall and straight, but those that happen to grow far apart will send out side branches and make lower growth with shorter, less useful fibres[454 ].

Carbon Farming

  • Industrial Crop: Fiber  Clothing, rugs, sheets, blankets etc. Currently, almost none of our fiber are produced from perennial crops but could be!
  • Management: Coppice  Cut to the ground repeatedly - resprouting vigorously. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bulung-bulung pager (eastern Sumatra), nyung-nyungan (Kangean). khaao tom, chan nok, se-saa-boh Thailand).

Found In

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

Pantropical. Cultivated as a fibre crop in India and Sri Lanka.

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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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