Taxon: Corchorus olitorius L.

Genus: Corchorus
Family: Malvaceae
  Subfamily: Grewioideae
Nomen number: 11458
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:529. 1753
Name Verified on: 01-Nov-1985 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 22-Sep-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 59 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable (fide Dict Econ Pl; Eur Gard F)
  • Materials: fiber (fide Pl Book; Dict Econ Pl)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:


    . possibly native elsewhere in tropical Asia


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd. in tropics


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Check other web resources for Corchorus olitorius L. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.