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Product: Jute

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   Jute belongs to the category Fibres
   and originated in Africa

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 ORIGINS
 EARLY USES
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 AGRICULTURE
 MODERN CONTEXT
  POST HARVEST


JUTE

Corchorus capsularis L. (Tiliaceae).

Given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753; he saw plants growing in George Clifford's garden in the Netherlands, as well as illustrations in botanical works. He thought the plant came from India.

Known only from cultivation, the origin of white jute is unknown. The closest wild relatives come from Africa.

Life form: small shrubs.

Parts used: stems used in production of fibre; young shoots eaten as potherb.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Corchorus olitorius L. - Jute)