Ramie is a very common perennial herb growing in Hong Kong. In the past, it was cultivated for extracting fibres used for textile, as well as making high quality papers. Being the most important host plants for larvae of the rare butterfly Yellow Coster, Ramie has recently gained more attention. Tso Kung Tam and Chuen Lung are placed with record of finding the most of Yellow Coster in Hong Kong. Besides, Ramie is also a host plant for the larvae of two more butterfly species – Indian Red Admiral and Common Jester.
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Information and photos are provided by Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre