Clappertonia ficifolia (Willd.)
Decne., Deless. Ic. Select. Pl. v. 1. t. 1. (1846)
Latin for 'leaves like those of Ficus', referring to the
similarity in leaf shape with some species of the genus Ficus.
Honckenya ficifolia Willd.
Shrub up to 5 m tall and 6 cm dbh. Stipules triangular, ca. 6 mm long.
Leaves alternate, simple, usually five-lobed, palmately-veined, hairy. Flowers
ca. 54 mm diameter, white-bluish, placed solitary. Fruits ca. 39 mm long,
green-pinkish-black, spiny capsule.
Introduced in tropical Asia, and usually growing in secondary vegetation
types or planted near or in villages.
The plant is used to produce fibers.
Originally in tropical Africa, but introduced in tropical Asia and the
Pacific. In Borneo collected in Sarawak and East-Kalimantan.