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Maclura tinctoria

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Maclura tinctoria, commonly known as old fustic or dyer's mulberry<ref name="Goodwin (1982)">Template:Cite book</ref> is a medium to large tree of the Neotropics, from Mexico to Argentina. It produces a yellow dye called fustic primarily known for coloring khaki fabric for U.S. military apparel during World War I.Template:Citation needed This dye contains the flavonoid morin.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

The leaves can be used to feed silk worms.<ref>Template:Cite book</ref>

Old fustic is not to be confused with young fustic (Rhus cotinus) from southern Europe and Asia, which provides a more fugitive colour.

Dyeing

Fustic is a bright yellow dye that is very color-fast when used with mordants. It is frequently combined with other dyestuffs and various mordants to produce a range of yellow and greenish colors:<ref name="Goodwin (1982)" />

References

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