Common Name: Gombo Mallow, Brazil Jute.
Brazil jute is an erect shrub that grows to a height of about 1 meter. The stem is round in cross section, and slightly hairy. The simple leaves are arranged in alternate manner. The leaf stalk and leaf measure about 2.6 cm and 4.3 cm respectively. The lower portion of leaf is light green in color and the upper side is of brighter green color; four major leaf nerves on the lower side are prominently seen protruded. The leaf margin is gently crenate to dentate and the leaf is shallowly lobed. Leaf shape is sub-orbicular; base is cordate and apex is acute. The inflorescence is on a platform of three auriculate green colored bracts which are slightly spiny. Six to seven flowering buds are attached to these bract. Flower buds are hairy and spiny. The flowers come in lemon-yellow color. The stamens are arranged on the staminal column. The stigma is 10 branched. The fruit is in the form of a schizocarp. The seeds measure around 2 mm and are 3 gonous and black in color. The Malachra genus comes under Malvaceae family. This genus has its origin in America and Africa. This genus is characterized by the absence of epicalyx. The plant is cultivated for its fiber. This plant has been introduced into India and has good ornamental value. Internationally there is some concern over it becoming invasive. Not commonly seen in Coimbatore. This plant is an important nectar–source plant for butterflies.