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A soft Bast fiber obtained from the inner bark of the cadillo plant stalks, Urena lobata. Cadillo fibers are fine in texture and a pale yellow color. They are used for cloth and ropes. This invasive plant was classified as a noxious weed in the U.S. in 1999.

Synonyms and Related Terms

aramina (Brazil); malva blanca (Cuba); guaxima; uaixyma ; Urena lobata


  • Deteriorates in salt water.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Fiber length 3-8 inches (7.5-20 cm)

Resources and Citations

  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • USDA PLANT database at - gives plant as noxious weed