1. Family: Boraginaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cordia L.
      1. Cordia caffra Sond.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Boraginaceae, E. S. Martins (Trichodesma by R. K. Brummit). Flora Zambesiaca 7:4. 1990

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree up to 7 m. high, deciduous; branches greyish, glabrous; branchlets rusty-pubescent but soon glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate; petiole 2–5 cm. long, slender, canaliculate, glabrous; lamina 3.0–9.5 x 2.5–6.0 cm., lanceolate to widely ovate or elliptical, minutely rusty-tomentose on the very young leaves but glabrous on the mature ones, slightly discolorous, acute to acuminate, rarely obtuse at apex, obtuse to truncate, rarely acute but often asymmetrical at base, with crenate-serrate margins, papery, with 4–6 secondary nerves on each side of the midrib, not prominent on lower surface.
    Inflorescences
    Cymes arranged in a small lax panicle, terminal and often on short lateral branches; rhachis and branches at first pubescent, becoming glabrous.
    Flowers
    Flowers hermaphrodite and male on pedicels 1–5 mm. long; buds globose, at last obovoid.
    Calyx
    Calyx 4–5 mm. long, tubular-campanulate, irregularly 3–5-toothed, membranous, minutely and sparsely pubescent outside, strigose inside mainly in the upper part.
    Corolla
    Corolla whitish, yellowish or greenish; tube 2.5–3.5 mm. long, campanulate or tubular-campanulate, glabrous outside and inside save by some whitish hairs below the insertion of the stamens; lobes 4–5(6), 4.5–6.0 x 2.0–3.5 mm., lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute to obtuse at apex with the margins sinuate, glabrous, reflexed.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4–5(6), inserted at apex of the corolla tube; anthers 1.3–1.7(2.4) mm. long, oblong or ovate; filaments in male flowers very variable in length, even in the same panicle, usually 1.5–4.5 mm. long, in male flowers 1.8–2.2 mm. long, glabrous or slightly hairy at base.
    Pistil
    Ovary in male flowers c. 1.5 mm. long, globose to conical, in hermaphrodite flowers 2.0–2.5 mm. long, ovoid to obovoid, acute, glabrous; style in male flowers lacking, in hermaphrodite flowers 5.0–6.5 mm. long, first-forked at 0.5–1.5 mm. and with stigmatic branches c. 3 mm. long, linear-flattened.
    Fruits
    Fruit c. 14 x 9 mm., ovoid, apiculate, glabrous, orange or red when ripe, surrounded at base by the widened cup-shaped calyx; pyrene c. 12 x 8 x 5 mm., laterally compressed, 1–2-seeded.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

    Cordia caffra Sond. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1987 Mogg, A.O.D. [30802], Mozambique K000282805
    Jan 1, 1987 Medonca, F.A. [3388], Mozambique K000282806

    First published in Linnaea 23: 81 (1850)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Launert, E. & Pope, G.V. (eds.) (1990). Flora Zambesiaca 7(4): 1-114. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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