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Corchorus elachocarpus F.Muell.

Fragm. 8:6 (1872)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Upright, spreading shrub, 0.25-0.6 m high, to 0.9 m wide. Fl. yellow, May to Sep. Red sandy soils.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 17 September 1996

Scientific Description

Herb or shrub, with hairy stems. Leaves 20-45 mm long, 5-12 mm wide, not lobed; margins crenate or serrate; hairy, with stellate hairswith scales absent, Sessile glands absent; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 4-6 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs present, with scales absent. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx cream or white, 3.2-5.2 mm long, the lobes free, Sessile glands absent, stellate hairs present, scales absent, Terminal appendages absent, number of ribs absent. Corolla yellow, 2-5 mm long, glabrous. Indumentum (outside) Sessile glands absent. Stamens many, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 2.3-4 mm long; anthers 0.4-0.5 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Staminodes absent, appendages absent. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs absent, stellate hairs present, gland-tipped hairs absent; style 1, with a lobed or capitate stigma, 1.2-2.7 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous, wing absent. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) absent, stellate hairs present, Sessile glands absent, tubercle-based simple hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs absent, scales absent; apex rounded; prickles absent (except perhaps a terminal awn); terminal awns or spines absent; calyx deciduous before maturity, not accrescent; carpels 3; seeds per loculus ≥5. Flowering time May, June, July, August or September. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Great Sandy Desert, Pilbara and Carnarvon.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 11 August 2023


IBRA Regions
Carnarvon, Great Sandy Desert, Pilbara.
IBRA Subregions
Cape Range, Chichester, McLarty, Roebourne.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Carnarvon, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Karratha, Port Hedland.