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Bur Mallow

Urena lobata


Urena lobata L. (Malvaceae), is an annual, erect, undershrub up to 2.5-m tall. Locally called Dalupang, Kulotan or Mangkit. The leaf shape is palmately lobed (having lobes that spread out like fingers on a hand). Stem and leaves have tiny hairs. Flowers of the plant are pink-violet and grow to 1-cm in width. It is widely distributed as a weed in the tropics of both hemispheres including Brazil and Southeast Asia. It can be found throughout the Philippines in open places, thickets, at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 1,600 meters.


Along a dirt-road outside the hot spring resorts area in Pansol Calamba, Laguna.


A pantropical weed which is a cultivated crop in many regions, and a aggressive invasive plant included in the Global Compendium of Weeds, and has been classified as a noxious weed in some countries. Reference:

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 11, 2015
Submitted on Dec 18, 2015

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