Melochia corchorifolia L.

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Melochia corchorifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Patrick's Island, Katombora Is

Melochia corchorifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Patrick's Island, Katombora Is

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Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to 2 m but usually less. Stems with a line of stellate hairs. Leaves oblong-lanceolate to ovate, often 5-veined from the base; margin serrate. Flowers in dense axillary and terminal clusters, white with a yellow base. Capsule 5 mm in diameter, subspherical, 5-valved, surrounded by the persistent calyx.
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Habitat: In a variety of disturbed habitats, often as a weed of cultivation.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the Old World tropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 275. (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 80.

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

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 534 - 535. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melochia corchorifolia
African Plant Database: Melochia corchorifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melochia corchorifolia
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Tropicos: Melochia corchorifolia
Wikipedia: Melochia corchorifolia

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: Species information: Melochia corchorifolia., retrieved 2 October 2023

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