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Useful Tropical Plants

Corchorus fascicularis

Lam.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Corchorus brachycarpus Guill. & Perr.

Common Name:

Corchorus fascicularis
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruits
Photograph by: Flora of Pakistan
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General Information

Corchorus fascicularis is a semi-woody, erect or prostrate annual plant that sometimes lives for more than one year. It grows up to 60cm tall[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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The edible leaves are gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant also yields a fibre that is used locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Widespread through tropical Africa, avoiding the wetter regions; Arabian Peninsula, India, northern Australia.

Habitat

Thorn scrub; cultivated (maize) fields; dried-out riverside depression; between plain and riverine thicket; clayey or sandy-clayey depression, flooded or not; in shade; sand; at elevations from 20 - 1,800 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the stems has been used for making ropes[
454
Title
Useful Fiber Plants of the World
Publication
 
Author
Dodge C.R.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington.
Year
1897
ISBN
 
Description
A rather dated, but very comprehensive catalogue of fibre plants from around the world. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Propagation

Seed -
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