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Morus alba L.

Morus alba L.

Family

Moracea

Synonyms

Morus indica L., Morus at­ropurpurea Roxb., Morus morettiana Jacq. ex Burr.

Vernacular Names

English

White mulberry.

Indonesia

Murbei (General), besaran (Ja­vanese).

Philippines

Amoras (Filipino), amingit (lgorot), mora (Ibanag).

Myanmar

Posa.

Cambodia

Mon.

Vietnam

D[aajlu t[aaf]m, tang.

French

Murier blanc.

Spanish

Moral blanco, morera blanca.

Geographical Distributions

Morus alba is native to China, now widely culti­vated in temperate and tropical regions; in Malay­sia it is occasionally naturalised, i.e. in the Philippines (Batan Island and Cagayan Province) where it was introduced in 1780.

Description

Morus alba is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach up to 15(-20) m tall. Its bole is up to 70 cm in diametre. The bark surface is dark grey-brown and with horizontal lenticels.

The leaves are ovate to broadly ovate, measuring 5-16 cm x 4-12 cm, rounded to shallowly cordate at the base, acute to acuminate at apex, pubescent on the main veins and with slender petiole 1-3.5 cm long. The male spikes are 1-1.5(-2) cm long while the female spikes are 0.5-1.3 cm long and ovoid.

The syncarp is ovoid and measures 1.5-2.5 cm long.

Ecology / Cultivation

Morus alba can be cultivated at 0-3500 m altitude, but in the humid tropics, it does not produce good fruit when planted at sea ­level.

Line Drawing / Photograph

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References

  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1.