Common Names: Wooly Booger, Jack
Habit: Corchorus hirsutus
grows as a small to medium shrub up to 2 m in height. The leaves are
arranged alternately, to 8 cm in length and 3 cm in width, ovate to
oblong with a crenate/serrulate leaf margin and a rounded leaf apex.
All vegetative structures are densely tomentose.
The actinomorphic flowers are arranged
in umbels arising from nodes. The calyx has 5 unfused greenish
sepals. The corolla has 5 unfused bright yellow petals. There are
numerous stamens. The ovary is superior with 5 locules and numerous
seeds. The fruit is a twisted capsule. All reproductive structures
excluding the corolla and stamens are densely tomentose.
Habitat: Corchorus hirsutus
grows in human disturbed areas such as abandoned fields and
roadsides. It also grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation –
Shrublands (scrublands) on limestone and sand substrates near the
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Corchorus hirsutus occurs on all island groups in the Bahamian
Archipelago as well as the entire Caribbean region and tropical and
subtropical New World. It is also occurs in parts of tropical east
Corchorus hirsutus is used in the Bahamas to treat colds and flu.
The leaves are edible after cooking.