WALTHERIA AMERICANA L. - SLEEPY MORNING.|
Waltheria indica, Waltheria elliptica.
Sleepy morning, uhaloa, hierba de soldado, guasimilla, uha-loa, velvet leaf, malvavisco, marsh-mallow, buff coat, leather coat, monkey bush, basora prieta, escobillo blanco, malvavisco, chamorro.
Sterculiaceae (Cacao family).
Uhaloa is a common tropical weed in the savannas of Suriname. It grows up to 6 feet tall and the plant mostly branches near the ground.
The whole plant is tomentose hairy while the serrate alternate leaves are bright green; underneath gray.
These leaves have conspicuous veins.
The fragrant flowers, growing in dense clusters in leaf axils, are yellow. Leaves, flowers and buds are of premium quality and commercially used. The small seed capsules hold one shiny black seed each.
In Polynesia the root bark (cortex) is chewed upon for sore throat, while in Hawaii it is used internally for arthritis, neuralgia and chronic cases of asthma.
An infusion of stem and leaves is also used.
Used against the common cold, diarrhea, unwanted pregnancy, painful menstruation and fatigue.
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There is a possible presence of tannins; the plant is antibacterial and vericidal.
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USDA zone 9 B - 11.
Full sun, grows well on poor soils; can withstand draught.
Plant in frost free spots or after the danger of frost has past.