Description of the genus
Trees. Leaves entire (in ours); petiole swollen at the base and at the apex.
Flowers unisexual, borne on fascicles on older wood. Calyx 4-5-lobed. Petals 0. Male flowers: anthers borne in 1(-2) rings on an androphore. Female flowers: carpels 4-5, coherent.
Fruit consisting of woody carpels which split longitudinally.
Worldwide: c.125 species in tropical Africa
Other sources of information about Cola:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): ColaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ColaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ColaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ColaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cola.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=956, retrieved 20 May 2013