Melochia corchorifolia L.

Etymology Genus From Arabic name Mulukhiyah, which refers to plants in the genus Corchorus
Species Leaves similar to those in the genus Corchorus
Family Malvaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Chocolate Weed
Status Uncertain
Form Shrub
Native Distribution Tropical Asia

Diagnostics:

Melochia corchorifolia is a a small shrub found in scrublands. The serrated leaves are normally arranged in pairs or threes. The flowers are variable, ranging from white to pink, and more rarely, yellow or purple (PIER, 2002).


Interesting Facts:

The Chocolate Weed is known to have various pharmocological properties like having hepatoprotective, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anthelmintic activities.


Form of the Chocolate Weed.

Leaves.

Flowers can be white..

Or pink.

Fruits.


References

PIER. (2002) Melochia corchorifolia. Pacific Island Ecosystem at Risk (PIER), Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. http://www.hear.org/pier/species/melochia_corchorifolia.htm. Accessed on 25-Feb-2015.


Posted Date: 2015-01-25 / Modified Date: 2015-01-25