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.

Mozambique: 13 taxa.

Corchorus schimperi

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aestuans L.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
asplenifolius Burch.MSDescription, Image
confusus WildGI,MDescription
fascicularis Lam.MSDescription, Image
junodii (Schinz) N.E. Br.MS,GI,MDescription, Image
kirkii N.E. Br.TDescription, Image
longipedunculatus Mast.T,MDescription, Image
olitorius L.N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
pseudocapsularis Schweinf.NDescription
schimperi Cufod.Description, Image
tridens L.N,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
trilocularis L.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
velutinus WildGIDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Corchorus
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Corchorus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Corchorus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Corchorus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Corchorus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Corchorus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=931, retrieved 7 July 2020

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