Corchorus pseudocapsularis Schweinf.

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Synonyms: Corchorus echinatus Garcke nom. illegit. non Benth.
Corchorus hochstetteri Milne-Redh.
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Status: Native
Branched annual herb up to 1 m tall; stems hairy, more so on one side. Leaves more or less narrowly ovate to elliptic, 3–9.7 cm long, with scattered pubescence, mainly on veins and midrib; margins serrate, with a pair of basal setae to 8 mm long; petioles 0.8–3.5 cm long, hairy, more so on the upper surface; stipules 3–8 mm long, hairy. Inflorescence of 1–3-flowered clusters, all parts hairy ; peduncles 1–2 mm long; pedicels 1.5–2 mm long; bracts up to 1 mm long, pilose. Sepals 5, 4–5 mm long, 1 mm wide. Petals 5, obovate, 3.5–5 mm long, pale yellow; stamens c. 25, 3–4 mm long. Capsules spherical, strongly echinate, 0.5–0.8 cm long, splitting into 5 valves, hairless.
Notes: Although apparently recorded from Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe this species is absent from the Flora Zambesiaca treatment (Volume 2 part 1, 1963).
Derivation of specific name: pseudocapsularis: referring to the fact that this species most closely resembles Corchorus capsularis, a species from India.
Habitat: Open grassland on black cotton soils
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N
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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 81.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 74.

Whitehouse, C. et al. (2001). Tiliaceae & Muntingiaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 109.

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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 pseudocapsularis., retrieved 1 December 2023

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