Melochia corchorifolia L.

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Melochia corchorifolia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Melochia corchorifolia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Melochia corchorifolia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Melochia corchorifolia

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

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Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to 2 m but usually less. Stems with a line of stellate hairs. Leaves oblong-lanceolate to ovate, often 5-veined from the base; margin serrate. Flowers in dense axillary and terminal clusters, white with a yellow base. Capsule 5 mm in diameter, subspherical, 5-valved, surrounded by the persistent calyx.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In a variety of disturbed habitats, often as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the Old World tropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 September 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 275. (Includes a picture).

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.

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

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 534 - 535. (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Botswana: Melochia corchorifolia
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melochia corchorifolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melochia corchorifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melochia corchorifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melochia corchorifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Melochia corchorifolia
Tropicos: Melochia corchorifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Melochia corchorifolia., retrieved 20 January 2018

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