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Morus alba White Mulberry Murbei Moraceae


Morus alba, White Mulberry, 	Moraceae, Murbei	The White Mulberry is a short-lived, fast-growing, small to medium sized tree to 15-20 m tall, On young, vigorous shoots, White Mulberry leaves may be up to 20 cm long, and deeply and intricately lobed, with the lobes rounded. The fruit is mild, unlike the much more intense flavour of the Red Mulberry and Black Mulberry. The fruit varies from white to pink in colour in many cultivated plants, but the natural fruit colour of the species in the wild is deep purple.
The flowers fire pollen into the air by rapidly releasing stored elastic energy in the stamen. The resulting movement is in excess of half the speed of sound, Cultivation and uses
The leaves are the preferred feedstock for silkworms.
Medical use: The fruit juice is used in folk remedies for tumors of the fauces. Reported to be antidotal, antiphlogistic, antitussive, antivinous, astringent, bactericide, diaphoretic, ditiretic, emollient, escharotic, expectorant, fungicide, laxative, nervine, purgative, refrigerant, restorative, sedative, tonic, and vermifuge, white mulberry is a folk remedy for aphtha, armache, asthma, bronchitis, bugbite, cachexia, cold, constipation, cough, debility, diarrhea, dropsy, dyspepsia, edema, epilepsy, fever, headache, hyperglycemia, hypertension, inflammation, insomnia, melancholy, menorrhagia, snakebite, sorethroat, stomatitis, tumors, vertigo, and wounds . Medicinally, fruits are laxative, refrigerant in fevers, and used locally as remedy for sore throat, dyspepsia, and melancholia. Roots and bark are purgative, anthelmintic, and astringent; leaves considered disphoretic and emollient; a decoction of leaves being used as a gargle for inflammation of throatkingdom.