Leather Wood (Dirca palustris)
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The tough flexible shoots are used in basket making and as a tying material[1, 11, 43, 46, 95].
A rope can be made from the bark fibres[1, 11, 46, 61]. The bark fibres are also used in making paper. The stems are harvested in summer, the leaves are removed and the stems steamed until the fibres can be stripped. The outer and inner barks are separated by scraping or peeling. The fibres are cooked for 2 hours or less with soda ash and then beaten with mallets or put through a blender. The paper is greenish cream in colour.
A compound infusion of the roots has been used as a wash to strengthen the hair and make it grow.
Cultivation & Habitat
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