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Native Jute - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Corchorus cunninghamii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 20 Aug 2018


A perennial semi-herbaceous shrub that grows to 1.5 m tall. The leaves are 4 - 8 cm long and have coarsely-toothed edges. Flowers are yellow and appear during summer and autumn. Fruits are dark brown to black elongated capsules, 1.5 - 3.5 cm long and 4 - 6 mm wide and form from December to May.


Occurs from the Richmond River in north-east NSW to the Brisbane River in Queensland. In NSW populations occur at Bungabbee and Toonumbar.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in ecotones between wet eucalypt forest and dry to dry-subtropical rainforest on sheltered slopes and gullies, and grassy, open forest on exposed slopes and ridges.
  • Regenerates from seed that requires some form of mechanical disturbance or fire to break its dormancy.
  • Flowers from November to May; is likely to be insect-pollinated.
  • Relatively short-lived shrub with a lifespan of up to three or four years.
  • Appears to be a relatively short lived shrub with a lifespan of up to 3-4 years.
  • Reproduction occurs by seed only. Generally, the seeds are released in a dormant state which can be broken by disturbance, either by fires which cause significant soil heating, or by physical disturbance.
  • The length of seed viability it unknown but anecdotal evidence suggests that seed remains viable for tens of years, although germination trials have so far not confirmed viability beyond three years.
  • Field observations suggest the species is fire sensitive, with adults plants being killed by fire.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None