On Guam, Indian Mulberry is also popularly known by its Hawaiian name – noni. This shrub is native to Southeast Asia and now found throughout the tropics. In size, it can grow to 3 to 6 meters (10 to 29 ft) tall at maturity. The shape of the shrub is very variable. It is adapted to a wide range of soil types and environmental conditions. A distinguishing feature is the foul smell of the ripe fruit.
Indian Mulberry is rarely used as food as the ripe fruit has a very unpleasant odor. It is an important medicinal plant in the Pacific Islands. Traditional remedies focus on the use of leaves, roots, bark, and green fruit for external treatments. The plant is used as a source of dye. The bark of the root provides a red color and the root itself yields a yellow color.
Indian Mulberry (ladda)
Last updated: February 8, 2018