Corchorus trilocularis L.

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Corchorus trilocularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus trilocularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Corchorus trilocularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Status: Native
Branched annual herb, up to 1 m tall, usually erect, branches sometimes decumbent after damage from browsing. Young branches purplish, sparsely hairy. Leaves oblong to lanceolate, up to 12 × 3.5 cm, hairless or hairy, particularly on the veins; margins crenate-serrate with a long bristle on the 2 lowermost teeth. Flowers in 1-3 flowered leaf-opposed clusters; sepals narrowly lanceolate, as long as the petals. Fruit a slender more or less erect, cylindric, many-seeded capsule, straight or slightly curved, up to 7 cm long, 3-4-angled with a rough surface.
Derivation of specific name: trilocularis: with 3 loculi (chambers in the ovary).
Habitat: Mainly in disturbed areas and as a weed of cultivation.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa and Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 May 2008

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 - 85. (Includes a picture).


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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Corchorus trilocularis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Corchorus trilocularis
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West African Plants database: Corchorus trilocularis

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 trilocularis., retrieved 21 October 2016

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