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La`au Kanawalu.....80th Plant

Wauke, Paper Mulberry

Broussonetia papyrifera
Again here's another Fig family member. Moraceae lists many important and useful plants like rubber, fig, mulberry, hops, hemp, and several hardwoods. It includes Wauke, thought introduced to Hawaii by Polynesians who fashioned the bark into clothing and bedding (kapa). The plant is uncommon nowadays, cultivated mostly for novelty in gardens, never wild.

Kekahi La`au Aku NO

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