Corchorus urticifolius Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 73 1834. (syn: Corchorus flexuosus Thunb.; Corchorus quinquenervis Hochst. ex A.Rich.; Corchorus subscandens Wall.);
Myanmar [Burma], India (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Sri Lanka, peninsular Malaysia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania as per CoL;
Annual herbs, erect, to 1 m high, pubescent. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, obtuse or truncate at base, serrate at margin with basal most serrations not extending into filiform processes, acute at apex, 4.5-8 x 1.7-4.5 cm, thinly pilose; petioles 0.8-2 cm long, hairy; stipules linear, ca 5 mm long, hairy. Flowers in 2-4 flowered leaf-opposed cymes; bracts subulate, ca 2 mm long. Sepals oblong, acuminate, ca 4 mm long, hairy outside. Petals ovate-spatulate, obtuse, ca 3 mm long, yellow. Stamens ca 15. Ovary 3-loculed. Capsules falcate, 3-angled, 2-3.5 cm long, strigose, 3-loculed; locules septate between seeds; beak entire, short; seeds 3-gonous, ca 1.5 mm long.
Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year
Weed in the plains
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
ID requested: From Moyar (Nilgiris, TN) (P1-S3-B11-13): 2 high res. + 5 other images.
From dry thorn area. Please help with ID.
I was surprised to see such long serration on the leaves.
Do you have any other image ?
If so, pl. post.
It may come out to be Corchorus urticifolius as per high resolution images and specimens at Flora of Peninsular India and POWO.
Please find attached some more photos.
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI GBIF specimens from India- one, two, three, four and five (High resolution specimens) Flora of Peninsular India JSTOR Kerala plants FRLHT African Plant Database