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.