African Plant Database

Melochia corchorifolia L.
Family : Sterculiaceae
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 675 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Melochia
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Visenia corchorifolia (L.) Spreng. (1826)
 Riedlea corchorifolia (L.) DC. (1824)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Melochia supina L. (1753)
=Riedlea supina (L.) DC. (1824)
=Visenia supina (L.) Spreng. (1826)
=Melochia truncata Willd. (1800)
=Riedlea truncata (Willd.) DC. (1824)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual herb or perennial subshrub, simple or branched, erect or decumbent, a few cm to 2,5 m long, the young stems sometimes hollow.
Ecology : Sandy river-beds, river banks, lake shores, alluvial plains; rocky outcrops; weed in cultivated ground, meadows, waste ground; wet or dry sandy or clay soil; 0-920(-1000) m alt. Botswana; tropical Asia and Australia. Introduced in the New World.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: annual -Herb - Ht up to 2 m. Alt: Distribution: BOT
Biol./Eco : Herb, Shrub; distribution: Comoros, Africa, Asia, New World,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Sterculiaceae: 123
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:287 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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Record n°120519 modified 2007-01-17
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