Cordia sinensis Lam.

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Cordia sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

Cordia sinensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

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Synonyms: Cordia gharaf Ehrenb. ex Asch.
Cordia rothii Roem. & Schult.
Common names: Grey-leaved cordia (English) Grey-leaved saucer-berry (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, subopposite or alternate, oblong to obovate, greyish-green with pale hairs on both surfaces; margins entire or with widely spaced teeth on the apical half. Flowers in terminal clusters, white, the calyx lobes covered in soft rusty hairs. Fruit ovoid with a long tip, embedded in the persistent calyx, orange-red when mature.
Derivation of specific name: sinensis: Chinese; of China. Since the type specimen is from India, Mr Lamarck appears to have been better at taxonomy than geography.
Habitat: In hot and dry woodland, along rivers and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:(Oct-) Dec-Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier parts of Africa, Arabia, India and Tropical Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 24 January 2006

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 562 - 563. (Includes a picture).

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40. also as Cordia quercifolia


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African Plant Database: Cordia sinensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cordia sinensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cordia sinensis
Ispot Southern Africa : Cordia sinensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cordia sinensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cordia sinensis
Tropicos: Cordia sinensis
West African Plants database: Cordia sinensis

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 sinensis., retrieved 26 May 2016

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