4953.000 Corchorus L.

Description of the genus

Herbs or small shrubs, sometimes with annual stems from a woody rootstock, with simple or stellate hairs. Stipules lateral, usually setaceous or subacute. Leaves alternate, usually with a long bristle on either side near the base. Flowers in bracteate pedunculate cymes, ± opposite the leaves. Sepals 4-5, usually narrow. Petals yellow. Stamens 7 to many. Ovary 2-5-locular. Fruit (in ours) a cylindric, rarely narrowly ovoid (kirkii), capsule, loculicidally 2-5-valved.

Derivation of name: from the Greek: khorkhorus, referring to jute, the fibre made from plants of this genus.

Worldwide: 100 species in the tropics.

Zambia: 9 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
aestuans L.N,SN,S,WDescription, Image
asplenifolius Burch.SSDescription, Image
fascicularis Lam.BWDescription, Image
olitorius L.SSDescription, Image
pseudocapsularis Schweinf.N,W,CDescription
saxatilis Wild[LR-lc]W,E,SNw,E,Lk,S
schimperi Cufod.CLkDescription, Image
tridens L.N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
trilocularis L.B,C,SLk,S,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Corchorus:

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Flora of Botswana: Corchorus
Flora of Caprivi: Corchorus
Flora of Malawi: Corchorus
Flora of Mozambique: Corchorus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Corchorus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Corchorus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Corchorus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Corchorus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Corchorus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Corchorus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Corchorus
JSTOR Plant Science: Corchorus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Corchorus
Plants of the World Online: Corchorus
Tropicos: Corchorus
Wikipedia: Corchorus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Corchorus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=931, retrieved 4 October 2023

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