Ramie, Rhea-fibre or China Grass (Boehmeria nivea)

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1936
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Department of Agriculture
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Ramie is a perennial shrub, five to seven feet high, with large, heart shaped, crenatz, and hairy leaves – greyish white beneath-which is indigenous to parts of tropical and subtropical Asia, and is cultivated in China, Japan and Formosa. During the last few years this fibre plant has been grown on some scale in Trans Caucasia, while experimental plantings have been made in Tanganyika and Kenya. The inner bark of the stem constitutes the "China grass" from which is prepared the ramie fibre of commerce, which is pure white, of silky lustre, and is used in the manufacture of fine linen, gas mantles, upholstery, and other purposes.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 2, p. 74-76