Corchorus hirsutus


Sp. Pl. 1: 530. 1753.

Common names: Jackswitch woolly corchorus mallet cadillo
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 198.

Plants shrubs. Stems erect to semiprostrate, mostly unbranched, 5–10(–15) dm, densely tawny-pubescent, hairs stellate. Leaves persistent; petiole 2–8 mm; blade oblong to oblong-elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, 1–3.5(–6) cm, base rounded-truncate, margins crenate, proximal teeth not prolonged, apex obtuse to acute, surfaces densely tawny-pubescent, hairs stellate. Inflorescences fasciculate, 2–8-flowered. Pedicels 5–7 mm. Flowers: sepals linear-oblong, 4–6 mm, not awned, stellate-pubescent; petals 5–6 mm; stamens 50–60. Capsules subglobose to short-ellipsoid, not wing-angled, 4-valved, without awns, 7–9(–12) × 7–8 mm, densely tawny-pubescent, hairs stellate. 2n = 14.

Phenology: Flowering Jul–Oct.
Habitat: Lake edges, disturbed pine rocklands
Elevation: 0–50 m


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Introduced; Fla., West Indies, introduced also in Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa.


Corchorus hirsutus is known only by collections from Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Guy L. Nesom +
Linnaeus +
Jackswitch +, woolly corchorus +, mallet +  and cadillo +
Fla. +, West Indies +, introduced also in Mexico +, Central America +, South America +  and Africa. +
0–50 m +
Lake edges, disturbed pine rocklands +
Flowering Jul–Oct. +
Introduced +
Corchorus hirsutus +
Corchorus +
species +