Cordia africana Lam.

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Cordia africana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Cordia africana

Picture: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Cordia africana

Picture: 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:
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.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In moist woodland and along stream banks.
Altitude range:
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.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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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 Malawi: Cordia africana
Flora of Mozambique: Cordia africana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cordia africana
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cordia africana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cordia africana
African Plant Database: Cordia africana
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JSTOR Plant Science: Cordia africana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cordia africana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cordia africana
Plants of the World Online: Cordia africana
Tropicos: Cordia africana
Wikipedia: Cordia africana

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cordia africana., retrieved 16 October 2021

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