Corchorus kirkii N.E. Br.

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Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank

Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank

Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Corchorus kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Corchorus hirsutus sensu Mast.
Corchorus pongolensis Burtt Davy & Greenway
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Small shrub, up to 2 m tall but usually shorter. Branches densely greyish or yellowish hairy. Leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 2.5-10 cm long, thick textured, densely grey-green or yellowish hairy on both surfaces; veins impressed above and raised beneath; margins more or less coarsely toothed. Flowers yellow, in 3-8-flowered, leaf-opposed clusters on a short peduncle, up to 1 cm long. Fruit a narrowly ovoid or linear-cylindric capsule, up to 3 cm long, densely covered in soft stellately hairy bristles.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: In open woodland, mostly on rocky hill sides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 19 March 2012
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

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.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 396 - 397. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 46. as Corchorus hirsutus

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 89 - 90. (Includes a picture).


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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 kirkii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138290, retrieved 30 July 2016

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