Cordia sinensis Lam.

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Cordia sinensis

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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)
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.
Flowering time:(Oct-) Dec-Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier parts of Africa, Arabia, India and Tropical Asia.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., L├Âtter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 827. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

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.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 77.

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

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Cordia sinensis., retrieved 28 May 2024

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