Common name: Jute
Corchorus olitorius L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual 50–150 cm high, glabrous or almost so.
Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, not cordate at base, lamina 5–8 cm long, 1–4.5 cm wide; margins toothed with lowest pair of teeth ending in spreading or recurved bristles 5–15 mm long; petiole 0.5–5 cm long.
Flowers solitary or in pairs, peduncles 2–3 mm long. Petals 7–8 mm long, yellow.
Capsule linear, 5–8 cm long, woody, opening by 5 or 4 woody valves; seeds numerous, separated by almost complete transverse partitions: stalk 2–5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated for jute in trop. regions of the world; occasionally naturalized. Native of Asia & Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *W.A. *N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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