Corchorus schimperi Cufod.

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Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lion House, Gorongosa National Park

Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lion House, Gorongosa National Park

Corchorus schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lion House, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Corchorus muricatus sensu auct.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb with branches more or less erect when young but soon becoming prostrate. Branches with a line of curled hairs on one side. Leaves lanceolate to oblong, up to 5 × 1.5 cm, sparsely hairy, mainly on the margins and the veins below; margins crenate-serrate. Flowers in 1-3 flowered axillary clusters, yellow, c. 1 cm in diameter; sepals linear, pointed, as long as the petals. Fruit a 3-angled cylindric capsule, often curved, up to 2.5 cm long, the angles with small sharp teeth.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: Mainly in disturbed and cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 15 January 2008
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

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.

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 83 - 87. (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 schimperi.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138330, retrieved 25 September 2017

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