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.

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 28 May 2016

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