Corchorus tridens L.

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Corchorus tridens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus tridens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus tridens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus tridens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Derere-renyenje (Shona) Gusha (Shona) Gwisha (Shona) Horn-fruited jute (English) Idelele (Ndebele) Isileleda (Ndebele) Siachikwiye (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Telele-buyu (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Branched annual herb, up to 60 cm tall, erect when young, older branches spreading. Young branches compressed and angular hairless or sparsely hairy. Leaves oblong to lanceolate, up to 11 cm, hairless or sparsely hairy on the veins; margins crenate-serrate with a long bristle on the 2 lowermost teeth. Flowers in 1-3 flowered leaf-opposed clusters; sepals linear, pointed, as long as the petals. Fruit a more or less erect, cylindric capsule, straight or slightly curved, up to 4 cm long, with a finely rough surface and 3 spreading apical horns.
Notes: The leaves locally eaten as a spinach.
Derivation of specific name: tridens: 3-toothed
Habitat: Mainly in disturbed areas and as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics and subtropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 May 2008
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 314. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 227.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 39. (Includes a picture).


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West African Plants database: Corchorus tridens


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 tridens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138340, retrieved 25 July 2016

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