Redlands plants - Native Jute

Photo: BAAM

Scientific name: Corchorus cunninghamii


  • Queensland:Endangered (Queensland Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation, 1994 (Schedule 2, Part 2)
  • National: Endangered (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999)

What does it look like?

Native Jute is a shrub growing to around 1.5m tall. The leaves are up to 15cm long, smooth and quite soft, with serrated edges and three main veins.

Yellow flowers are about 2cm wide, have four petals and grow in clusters of up to eight, each on its own short stalk. Seed capsules are oval-shaped and up to 3.5cm long, and are made up of 3-4 valves each containing up to 22 seeds.

Where is it found?

Native Jute has a limited range – it is found only in a small patch of South East Queensland and far northern New South Wales. Four populations have been found in Queensland – at Brisbane Forest Park, Wongawallan, Ormeau and Mount Cotton.

What is threatening it?

  • Vegetation clearing 
  • Weed invasion 
  • Grazing and damage by livestock 
  • Inappropriate disturbance regimes 
  • Adjacent land use activities
  • Low genetic diversity.

Conservation actions

Native Jute is protected under Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It is an offence to damage or interfere with Native Jute in any way other than when accepted by the respective Acts.

Redland City Council manages environmental weeds throughout the Redlands Coast to minimise their impact on native ecosystems and endangered plants such as Native Jute.

Did you know...?  

Native Jute is closely related to commercially cultivated jute plants, whose bark fibres are twisted together into strings and woven into fabrics.

How you can help

Manage environmental weeds on your property - see IndigiScapes’ brochure entitled Environmental Weeds of the Redlands [PDF, 5.0MB] or visit the centre for help identifying weeds and tips on how to remove them and stop them from spreading.

Record your sightings on the Atlas of Living Australia