Cordia africana Lam.

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Cordia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Cordia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Cordia africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Cordia abyssinica R. Br. ex A. Rich.
Cordia holstii Gürke ex Engl.
Cordia unyorensis Stapf
Gerascanthus africanus (Lam.) Borhidi
Gerascanthus holstii (Gürke ex Engl.) M.Kuhlm. & Mattos
Common names: Large-leaved cordia (English) Large-leaved saucer-berry (English)
Frequency: Local. The distribution is patchy and the trees are never common.
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown. The leaves are broadly ovate, rough to the touch with clear net-veining. The flowers in terminal heads, white, funnel-shaped and sweetly scented. The fruits are edible, orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In moist woodland and along stream banks.
Altitude range: (metres) 550 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Guinea to Ethiopia and from the Sudan to Angola and northern South Africa; also Arabia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 7 October 2007

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 42.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271. As Cordia abyssinica

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 196 - 197. as Cordia abyssinica (Includes a picture).

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 61 - 62.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 62.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cordia africana., retrieved 24 October 2016

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