Botanical name: Malachra capitata Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Sida capitata
Brazil Jute is a coarse, erect, simple or branched, annual herb 0.5-2 m high, which is covered with hairs. The leaves are circular, 5-15 cm in diameter, obscurely and shallowly lobed, finely toothed, and somewhat heart-shaped at the base. The flowers are borne in axillary and terminal heads. The calyx-lobes are short, and slenderly pointed at the tip. The petals are yellow, imbricate, and about 1 cm long. The bast (inner fibrous bark) is strong and is used in the manufacture of rope. The fiber is excellent, 8-9 feet long, and that experts have declared it little, if at all, inferior to jute.
Medicinal uses: The leaves and flowers are official in Venezuelan Pharmacopoea. According to Guerrero, the root and leaves, used in decoction, are considered emollient in enemas and for bathing purposes.
The flower labeled Brazil Jute is ...