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

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 827. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

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.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 69 - 71. (Includes a picture).

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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Flora of Botswana: Cordia sinensis
Flora of Caprivi: Cordia sinensis
Flora of Mozambique: Cordia sinensis
Flora of Zambia: Cordia sinensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cordia sinensis
African Plant Database: Cordia sinensis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cordia sinensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cordia sinensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cordia sinensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cordia sinensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cordia sinensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cordia sinensis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cordia sinensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cordia sinensis
Ispot Southern Africa: Cordia sinensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cordia sinensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cordia sinensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cordia sinensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cordia sinensis
Tropicos: Cordia sinensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cordia sinensis., retrieved 21 March 2019

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