You had a Corchorus species, which is a different but distantly related plant (in the basswood division of the mallows). It is much more palatable, though like many mallows, it is mucilaginous. I add it to stews. Corchorus is also processed for stem fibers, which is why it is considered a “jute.”
Incidentally, even U. lobata’s common name refers obliquely to a plant characteristic and is something of a joke. “Caesar” mean’s “head of hair” and the plant is very hairy, something the bald Julius Caesar would have envied. Indeed, the Caesars were well-known for being very bald while their family name meant just the opposite.
Urena (you-RE-nah) is the Malaysian word for the plant and lobata (low-BAH-tuh) refers to the lobed leaves, after ear lobes. It is also sometimes called U. sinuata (there is a bit of disagreement if sinuata is a subspecies, a different species, or just another name for lobata.) Sinuata means bending or curving. In English we say “sinuous.”
Green Deane’s “Itemized” Plant Profile
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What I have been thinking was Velvetleaf here must be Caesar Weed. I looked at the USDA site and it says we have Caesar Weed but not Velvetleaf. I was able to recognize that it was a Mallow family member by its characteristics and thought the USDA was wrong. Even the folks at the County Extension office told me that it was not Velvetleaf. But since they did not give me a name (in fairness I did not have them research it at the time but should have), I was still led to believe that it was because I knew it was a Mallow. Thanks for solving this enigma of mine about the name.
A similar “velvety” plant is the Cocklebur but is darker in color and really stands out differently from the “Caesar Weed” especially with the little bur stickers. According to accounts it is toxic but its redeeming quality is that the bark is also good cordage at least for the variety here in Florida. Both like to live in the same places, not always but usually from what I have seen.
Is there any “tutorials” on how to make medicines with this herb? I can’t find any recipes or anything that teaches how to prepare it for its various uses.
Thanks, and greetings from Brazil!
If you see this plant we ask that you remove it as soon as possible. Be careful. Their seeds stick to clothing and fur!
Going by the name “Caesar weed,” this plant can grow up to 10 feet high. Note the very recognizable leaf shape and overall plant structure.
Have you seen this plant? It was listed as a category 1 invasive exotic (non-native) back in 2017 which means it can harm sensitive native ecosystems.
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by this species (or any other invasive exotic vegetation) our environmental staff is standing by to help. We can navigate proper removal on private, public and protected lands!
If you don’t want Caesar weed to take over your yard or conservation area it’s pretty easy to remove. Pull up any that you see, put it in a plastic garbage bag and dispose of it. Planting shady trees and other ground cover as well as mulching can deter its progress. Only use chemical management if it’s absolutely necessary.
Invading disturbed areas, pasture land, and crop plantations, this plant dominates the more open canopy areas by outpacing the growth of other plants (2-7 feet by the end of its first year).
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