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Common name

English: Chocolateweed

Mandarin: 马松子 (ma song zi)


Kingdom: Plantae (2629)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2532)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2141)

      Order: Malvales (80)

        Family: Malvaceae (61)(family description)

          Genus: Melochia (2)

            Epithet: corchorifolia L. (1)

Synonyms: Geruma subtriloba Blanco, Hibiscus donii Walp., Hibiscus endlicheri Walp., Lochemia corchorifolia Arn., Lochemia supina Arn.

corchorifolia => leaves similar to the genus Corchorus

donii => in honor of David Don (1799-1841), Scottish botanist.

endlicheri => in honor of Stephan Ladislaus Endlicher (1804-1849), Botanic Garden Director in Vienna, Austria

supina => lying down


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: pink, yellow, white

External links

Check for Melochia corchorifolia at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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