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 Eswatini 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 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Corchorus asplenifolius., retrieved 10 December 2023

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