Corchorus olitorius L.

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Corchorus olitorius

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Zambezi Drive, Zambezi National Park.

Corchorus olitorius

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

Corchorus olitorius

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

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Common names:
Status: Native
Robust erect annual herb, up to 2 m tall. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, up to 10 × 5 cm, thinly textured, mostly hairless on both surfaces; margins crenate-serrate. Flowers in 2-3 flowered axillary clusters, yellow, c. 1.4 cm in diameter; sepals linear, pointed, as long as the petals. Fruit a 10-ribbed cylindric capsule, splitting into 5 valves, straight or slightly curved, more or less appressed to the stem, up to 8 cm long with a straight apical beak.
Type location:
Lectotype a cultivated specimen
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Mainly as a weed of disturbed and cultivated areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical. Cultivated in Asia for its "Jute" fibres.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16. As Corchorus olitorius olitorius

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 81.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 109. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 82 - 84. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Corchorus olitorius., retrieved 22 October 2021

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