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Lawe (Abroma augustum)

Lawe or devil's cotton (Abroma augustum) is a plant species in Malvaceae, a small tree or bush that is erect, up to 10 m tall but generally 2-3 m tall, stems and twigs covered with star hair that are sharp, brittle and cause skin itching, sometimes also with glandular hair.

A. augustum has a single leaf, alternating, has a long stalk, a heart-shaped base, a pointed tip with a very variable base whose leaves near the base of the branch have a circular shape from the egg to the heart, 3-5 curves, diameter 20-37 cm, while the leaves near the tips of twigs have elongated shapes with smooth toothed edges.

Dlium Lawe (Abroma augustum)


The flowers gather in cymes at the tips of the twigs or face leaves, 1-4 buds, 1-3 cm long stems and 6-8 mm bractea. Hanging flowers, 3-5 cm in diameter, 5 angles and 1-3.5 cm long stems. The petals have 5 leaves, share a deep, triangular, 15-20 mm long, 6 mm wide and greenish.

The crown has 5 leaves, spoon-shaped, 2-3.5 cm long, 1 cm wide, dark purple or red or yellow, concave and white base, drooping and hanging. Stoneware-shaped stamens, 15 anthers that alternate between 3 anthers and 1 staminodium.

Square fruit, bell or cone upside down, have 5 wings, have a beak or not, the edges are broken showing space, the sides divide according to the bulkhead, 4-5 cm long and 3-4 cm wide. Cylindrical or breech-shaped seeds, 3-4 mm long, 2 mm wide and black.

Lawe grows wild along the water's edge, jungle bush, secondary forests, abandoned lands, the edge of the village, the edges of the road and railroad and open areas at an altitude of 0-1100 m, daily temperature of 27-30C in the month the hottest and minimum rainfall of 1500 mm/year.



Devil's cotton is widely cultivated for stems that produce fine fibers to be spun into clothing, fishing lines, fishing nets, hammocks and rope. The very fine fibers are painted and arranged as wigs.

Roots, stems, leaves and other parts produce medicinal ingredients to treat menstrual disorders, aphrodisiacs, anti-fertility, diabetes, cure gonorrhea, skin diseases and scabies. This species is sometimes planted as ornamental shrubs.

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Angiospermae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Byttnerioideae
Genus: Abroma
Species: Abroma augustum

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