Corchorus confusus Wild

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Synonyms: Corchorus trilocularis sensu Burtt Davy p.p.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb with prostrate or spreading stems growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to ovate, up to 7 cm long, 3-5-veined from the base, hairy on both surfaces, especially on the veins, rounded to slightly cordate at the base, basal setae sometimes present; margin crenate to crenate-serrate; petiole up to 8 mm long, setulose-hairy; stipules setaceous, up to 6 mm long, pubescent. Flowers in 1-3-flowered leaf-opposed clusters on peduncles up to 2.5 cm long; pedicels upto 8 mm long; bracts similar to stipules. Sepals linear-lanceolate, upto 10 mm long, setulose hairy outside. Petals oblanceolate to obovate, slightly shorter than sepals, yellow. Capsule 2.5-5 cm long on a straight pedicel,apex undivided, hairless or sparsely sabrous on the angles.
Notes: This species is generally very similar to Corchorus trilocularis but clearly differs in being a perennial.
Derivation of specific name: confusus: confusing, referring to the fact that this species had long been confused in herbaria with Corchorus trilocularis.
Habitat: Mainly in woodland at low altitudes.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Nata, Eastern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 114.

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.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 180 - 181. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 86.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Corchorus confusus., retrieved 20 May 2024

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