Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

Corchorus hygrophilus

Tiliaceae

Native Jute 

 

Form and Size: A small shrub to 75cms tall

Distribution: Occurs in isolated populations between Mundubbera in central Queensland to Magnetic Island

Leaves: Toothed, alternate, oval-shaped, 80-120mm long by 20-70mm wide

Flowers: Yellow, borne in clusters of 6-8 opposite to leaves
Four sepals and four petals

Fruit: A capsule, broadly oval shaped, 10mm long by 6mm diameter 
Surface knobbed or wrinkled, without hairs or bristles

Distinctive features: Grows on the margins of vine thickets, on granite soils
Is easliy distiguished from similar Corchorus species which all have five petals and sepals
 

Conservation status is Rare

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Type: [Queensland, North Kennedy Dustrict:] Cleveland Bay, June 1819, A. Cunningham 200 (holo: K!).