Morus australis (PROSEA)

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Morus australis Poir.

Protologue: Lamk, Encycl. 4: 380 (1797).


Morus acidosa Griffith (1854), Morus cavaleriei H. Lév. (1911), Morus inusitata H. Lév. (1914).

Vernacular names

  • Korean mulberry (En). Mûrier (Fr)
  • Vietnam:dậu tằm, dậu tàu, dâu ta.


Originally from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan; cultivated in Indo-China, the Philippines and Java, occasionally naturalized.


In Java M. australis is used to feed silkworms; medicinal applications are mainly reported from its native region. In Vietnam a decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of coughs and colds, and insomnia. A decoction of the root-bark is used against asthma, rheumatism and oliguria.


A large shrub or small tree up to 10 m tall; leaves ovate to broadly ovate, 5-20 cm × 3-12 cm, rounded to shallowly cordate at base, long acuminate at apex, nearly glabrous to soft-hairy below, with a 1-4 cm long petiole; male spikes 1.5-3 cm long, female spikes erect or patent, broadly oblong, 1-2 cm long; syncarp oblong to ellipsoid, 1.5-3.5 cm long. In its natural habitats, M. australis is fairly common at low and moderate altitudes.

Selected sources

97, 364, 753, 856, 900, 1126, 1252, 1276.


D.S. Alonzo