Urceola elastica Roxb. Apocynaceae (or Rubiaceae?). RUBBER
This plant is a gigantic climber which yields Borneo
rubber. Its fruit, the size of an orange, contains numerous, kidneyshaped
seeds nestling in a copious, tawny-colored pulp, which is much
relished both by natives and European residents and is said to taste
like well-rotted medlars.
Urginea sp. Liliaceae.
A species which has nauseous and bitter roots and
white flowers and furnishes a vegetable to the natives. Grant writes, "the
men of the Moon roast its leaves and stalks and cook them as a
Urtica dioica Linn. Urticaceae. NETTLE.
North temperate regions; naturalized in America from Europe. The
nettle, according to Sir Walter Scott, was at one time cultivated in
Scotland as a potherb. Nettle tops, in the spring, says Lightfoot, are
often boiled and eaten by the common people of Scotland as greens,
and the young leaves are often boiled in soup in the outer Hebrides and
form a very palatable article of food, it is said. The tender tops are much
more commonly eaten in Germany, Belgium and other parts of Europe
than in England and are also used in northern Persia.