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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Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
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.
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Habitat: In a variety of disturbed habitats, often as a weed of cultivation.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the Old World tropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 September 2006
Literature:

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).

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 Plant Database: Melochia corchorifolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melochia corchorifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melochia corchorifolia
Ispot Southern Africa : Melochia corchorifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Melochia corchorifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melochia corchorifolia
Tropicos: Melochia corchorifolia
West African Plants database: Melochia corchorifolia


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: Melochia corchorifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140020, retrieved 27 September 2016

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