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 leaves of the Paper Mulberry are distinctive in that they have a very rough, sandpaper-like upper surface and a soft, downy under surface.
- 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.
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