Corchorus tridens L.

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Corchorus tridens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus tridens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus tridens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus tridens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Branched annual herb, up to 60 cm tall, erect when young, older branches spreading. Young branches compressed and angular hairless or sparsely hairy. Leaves oblong to lanceolate, up to 11 cm, hairless or sparsely hairy on the veins; margins crenate-serrate with a long bristle on the 2 lowermost teeth. Flowers in 1-3 flowered leaf-opposed clusters; sepals linear, pointed, as long as the petals. Fruit a more or less erect, cylindric capsule, straight or slightly curved, up to 4 cm long, with a finely rough surface and 3 spreading apical horns.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: tridens: 3-toothed
Habitat: Mainly in disturbed areas and as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 4 May 2012

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 314. (Includes a picture).

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.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 227.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 39. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 83 - 89. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Corchorus tridens
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Flora of Malawi: Corchorus tridens
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Corchorus tridens
African Plant Database: Corchorus tridens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Corchorus tridens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Corchorus tridens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Corchorus tridens
JSTOR Plant Science: Corchorus tridens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Corchorus tridens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Corchorus tridens
Plants of the World Online: Corchorus tridens
Tropicos: Corchorus tridens
Wikipedia: Corchorus tridens

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 tridens., retrieved 25 October 2021

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