Corchorus olitorius

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  • Botanical Name : Corchorus olitorius L.
  • Synonyms : Corchorus longicarpus G.Don
  • Common Name : Hobeli, Bor Choonch, Banpat
  • Plant Family : Tiliaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Corchorus olitorius Plant :

  • Habit : An annual much-branched herb.
  • Leaves : Acute, lanceolate, serrate, rounded at base, filiform appendage one on each side at base, stipules triangular.
  • Inflorescence : Cymose
  • Flower :
    • Pale yellow, bracteates, pedicels 1-3, short.
    • Sepals oblong, pointed.
    • Petals oblong-spathulate.
    • Stamens many.
    • Ovary 2-5 celled, style short, stigma papillose.
  • Fruits : Capsules long, cylindric, erect, 10-ribbed, beaked, 5-valved, seeds black, trigonous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September
  • Significance :
    • The well known fibre jute is obtained from this plant and Corchorus capsularis.
    • The seeds are used as purgative and leaves as tonic in fever.