Corchorus asplenifolius Burch.

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Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
On path to campsite, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Corchorus asplenifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along main Zvishavane - Rutenga road

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Synonyms: Corchorus mucilagineus Gibbs
Common names: Derere (Shona) Gusha (Shona) Gwisha (Shona) Idelele (Ndebele) Igogola (Ndebele) Ngenge (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Wild jute (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
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:
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: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe Swaziland and South Africa as far as Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 21 May 2016
Literature:

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

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.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Corchorus asplenifolius.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138260, retrieved 28 June 2016

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