Corchorus asplenifolius Burch.

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Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Corchorus mucilagineus Gibbs
Common names: Wild jute (English)
Status: Native
Mostly prostrate perennial herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves linear-lanceolate, glaucous; margin serrate, often edged reddish-purple. Flowers in axillary clusters, yellow, c. 1 cm in diameter. Fruit a cylindric capsule, 2-3 cm, on a twisted or curved stalk.
Notes: Specimen in the images (BW427, 2013-04-19, BR) appears to be the first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: asplenifolius: leaves like an Asplenium (Pteridophyta)
Habitat: In hot, dry woodland and on the margins of seasonal vleis and marshes.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe Swaziland and South Africa as far as Eastern Cape.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 6 July 2015

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 226. (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.

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 85 - 86.

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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: Species information: Corchorus asplenifolius., retrieved 25 January 2020

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