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Burr Mallow   
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Burr Mallow
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Burr Mallow, caesarweed, Congo jute, hibiscus burr, pink burr, pink Chinese burr, urena burr • Hindi: bachita, gataya, लपेटवां lapetua, unga • Manipuri: সমপাকপী sampakpi • Marathi: वन भेंडी van bhendi, जंगलीकापशी jungli-kapashi • Tamil: துத்திப்பூண்டுவகை thuththippuntuvakai, ஒட்டுத்துத்தி ottuttutti • Malayalam: uram, uren, vatto • Telugu: నల్ల బెండ nalla benda, పెడ్డబెండ peddabhenda • Kannada: ಒತ್ತೆ otte • Bengali: okhra • Oriya: नालु कुरों nalu kuro • Konkani: tupkate • Sanskrit: अतिबल atibala, बल bala
Botanical name: Urena sinuata    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Urena lobata ssp. sinuata, Urena lobata var. sinuata

Burr Mallow is an erect subshrub to 1-2 m tall. Leaves are palmately deeply lobed, the sinuses (curves) are rounded. Leaves are downy grayish pubescent with star-shaped hairs, 4-8 cm long. Flowers are pinkish-violet, about 1 cm across, clustered. Fruit is velvety and covered with hooked bristles. The genus name Urena comes from its Malayalam local name Uren. This plant is closely related to Urena lobata, which has leaves with lobes pointed, and not rounded.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Kharghar Hills, Navi Mumbai.
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