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Urena lobata L.


Urena lobata is an erect shrub that grows up to 10 ft. (3 m) in height. The plant is single stalked, with free-branching stems that comprise a bushy appearance. It grows as an annual species in many areas of Florida but may perennate in south Florida.
The leaves are palmately lobed, pubescent with stellate hairs, and 1.6-3.1 in. (4-8 cm) long.
Flowers are borne in axillary clusters, pinkish-violet, about 0.4 in. (1 cm) across.
Fruit is pubescent with hooked bristles or barbs that cling to clothing or fur.
Ecological Threat
Urena lobata invades disturbed areas, pastures, eroded areas, and perennial crop plantations. Urena lobata tolerates salt spray but does not grow in saturated soils. Having an aggressive habit, this weed grows rapidly and can reach 2-7 ft. (0.6-2.1 m) by the end of the first year.


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EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Invasives List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Urena

Other System Links

Plants: URLO
Bayer: URNLO
GRIN: 40900
ITIS: 21759

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Caesarweed, aramina, Caesar weed, chosuched e kui, dadangsi apaka, hibiscus burr, jute africain


Category: Forbs/Herbs