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.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa and Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

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 81.

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 of Botswana: Corchorus trilocularis
Flora of Caprivi: Corchorus trilocularis
Flora of Malawi: Corchorus trilocularis
Flora of Mozambique: Corchorus trilocularis
Flora of Zambia: Corchorus trilocularis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Corchorus trilocularis
African Plant Database: Corchorus trilocularis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Corchorus trilocularis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Corchorus trilocularis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Corchorus trilocularis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Corchorus trilocularis
JSTOR Plant Science: Corchorus trilocularis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Corchorus trilocularis
Plants of the World Online: Corchorus trilocularis
Tropicos: Corchorus trilocularis
Wikipedia: Corchorus trilocularis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Corchorus trilocularis., retrieved 9 December 2023

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