Cuban Jute

Sida rhombifolia

General Information:

The Cuban jute is a perennial, or sometimes annual, shrub that produces yellow flower blooms throughout the year. The stems can grow up to 120 centimeters with short, grayish hairs. This species is usually found on roadsides and rocky areas but can often be found in pastures due to its unpalatability to livestock. 

Medicinal Uses:

It is most commonly used for antibacterial, antifungal, anti-malarial, antioxidant, insecticidal, antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and cytotoxic medicines. The leaves can be used to treat skin diseases, wounds, inflammation, rabies and skin diseases. 

Did You Know:

Analyses of the leaves revealed high amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, and ash. Analyses of the roots showed amounts of alkaloids, ephedrine and saponin.