Corchorus olitorius

Corchorus olitorius

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(Jute)

FAMILY

Sparrmaniaceae/Tiliaceae

Species

Corchorus olitorus

Common name

Jute

Flower colour; life form

Yellow; erect shrub to 2 m

Campus

Townsville

Description

This plant has been grown around the world as a fibre crop as well as for food, now naturalised in Australia. Plant erect, it can grow to about 2 m tall; leaves are alternate, narrowly ovate to ovate, 3-veined at the base of the leaf blade, margins serrate, 2 lower teeth are elongated to form a pair of tails to 1.5 cm long. Flowers few together, petals 5, yellow, stamens numerous. Fruit a 5-6 valved cyclindrical capsule, 3-8 cm long.