One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small tree of the mulberry family, the inner bark of which is used for making paper and tapa cloth, occurring from eastern Asia to Polynesia.
Broussonetia papyrifera, family Moraceae
- ‘The tapa banner was made by Tongan women from the beaten-out bark of the paper mulberry tree, and is painted with an abstract design.’
- ‘The twigs of the paper mulberry are hairy reddish brown, the bark is tan and smooth to moderately furrowed, the wood is soft and brittle, and it has conical buds.’
- ‘The leaves of the Paper Mulberry are distinctive in that they have a very rough, sandpaper-like upper surface and a soft, downy under surface.’
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