Corchorus aestuans L.

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Corchorus aestuans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road no8 between road no4 and no11, Gorongosa National Park

Corchorus aestuans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road no8 between road no4 and no11, Gorongosa National Park

Corchorus aestuans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mueredzi, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Corchorus aestuans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mueredzi, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

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Synonyms: Corchorus acutangulus Lam.
Common names: Telele yabasangu (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Branched annual herb, up to 50 cm tall, erect when young, older branches becoming prostrate. Branches covered in long hairs, often mostly on one side. Leaves ovate to broadly elliptic, up to 8 × 3.5 cm, sparsely hairy on both surfaces; margins crenate-serrate. Flowers in 1-3 flowered leaf-opposed sub-sessile clusters, yellow, c. 8 mm in diameter; sepals linear, pointed, as long as the petals. Fruit a 3-5-angled capsule, usually straight, up to 4 cm long, narrowly winged at the angles angles with 3-5 spreading horns at the apex, hairless.
Notes:
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Habitat: Mainly in disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 30 January 2009
Literature:

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 83 - 88. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Corchorus aestuans.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138250, retrieved 19 January 2017

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