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Jute Mallow (Jute, Jew's Mallow, Bush Okra, Egyptian Spinach, Saluyot)

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  • Common Name: Jute Mallow (Jute, Jew's Mallow, Bush Okra, Egyptian Spinach, Saluyot)
  • Latin Name: Corchorus olitorius
  • Family Name: Malvaceae
The leaves of Jute Mallow are widely eaten as a vegetable in many parts of the world. 

The young fresh leaves and flowers of this plant are high in fibre and calcium and fine to offer to your tortoise as part of a varied diet.  However, once the fruits develop, the levels of cyanide and oxalates in the leaves increase, so it is best not to feed leaves after the fruits have set. 

The fruit and seeds contain cardiac glycosides, so do not allow your tortoise to eat these parts of the plant.
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