Cordia africana Lam.

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Cordia africana

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

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 821. (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. 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).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 30.

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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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cordia africana
Flora of Malawi: Cordia africana
Flora of Mozambique: Cordia africana
Flora of Zambia: Cordia africana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cordia africana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cordia africana
African Plant Database: Cordia africana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cordia africana
Plants of the World Online: Cordia africana
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Wikipedia: Cordia africana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Cordia africana., retrieved 25 June 2024

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