Corchorus velutinus Wild

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Status: Native
Small shrub up to 1m high; all parts densely greyish-yellow hairy. Leaves narrowly oblong or elliptic, 2-5 cm long, veins in 13-15 pairs,inconspicuous, lightly impressed above, slightly raised beneath; margin more or less shallowly toothed; petiole c,1 cm long; stipules 1-2 mm long. Flowers in 3-11-flowered leaf-opposed inflorescences; peduncles up to 1.5 cm long; pedicels similar; bracts like the stipules. Sepals narrowly elliptic, up to 10mm long, velvety outside. Petals narrowly oblanceolate-oblong, up to 10 mm long, yellow. Capsule cylindric, c. 3 cm long, not beaked, greyish-yellow velvety with scattered tufts of longer stellate hairs.
Derivation of specific name: velutinus: velvety
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland on sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Save and Limpopo river valleys in southern Mozambique, southern Zimbabwe and Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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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.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 89.

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.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 90.

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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 velutinus., retrieved 30 May 2024

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