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.

Malawi: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aestuans L.SDescription, Image
olitorius L.SDescription, Image
tridens L.N/C,SDescription, Image
trilocularis L.C,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Corchorus
Flora of Caprivi: Corchorus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Corchorus
Flora of Mozambique: Corchorus
Flora of Zambia: 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
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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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Corchorus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=931, retrieved 29 May 2024

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