Cordia pilosissima Baker

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Cordia pilosissima

Photo: Rob Burrett
South-West of Hwange Town

Cordia pilosissima

Photo: Rob Burrett
South-West of Hwange Town

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Synonyms: Cordia kirkii Baker
Common names: Woolly saucer-berry (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed, scrambling shrub or small tree. Bark grey, rough; branches angular and ribbed. Leaves ovate to subcircular, 6-23 cm long, light green, densely covered in soft hairs on both surfaces, lateral veins and net-veining conspicuous below, first pair of veins starting right at the base of the midrib; margin entire or obscurely crenate. Flowers in terminal heads, white, cream or yellow, c. 1.5 cm in diameter, calyx and stalks covered in yellowish hairs. Fruit fleshy, ovoid with a sharp point, c. 2.5 cm long, orange-yellow when ripe; remains of calyx recurved, enlarged.
Derivation of specific name: pilosissima: very woolly
Habitat: In riverine thickets, open woodland, usually near water courses.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 975 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, southern DRC, Caprivi-Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 822. (Includes a picture).

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

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 67 - 68.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 43. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Botswana: Cordia pilosissima
Flora of Caprivi: Cordia pilosissima
Flora of Malawi: Cordia pilosissima
Flora of Mozambique: Cordia pilosissima
Flora of Zambia: Cordia pilosissima

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cordia pilosissima
African Plant Database: Cordia pilosissima
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cordia pilosissima
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cordia pilosissima
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cordia pilosissima
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cordia pilosissima
JSTOR Plant Science: Cordia pilosissima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cordia pilosissima
Plants of the World Online: Cordia pilosissima
Tropicos: Cordia pilosissima
Wikipedia: Cordia pilosissima

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: Species information: Cordia pilosissima., retrieved 30 May 2024

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