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  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.


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

    Shrub or small tree up to 7 m. high, deciduous; branches greyish, glabrous; branchlets rusty-pubescent but soon glabrescent.
    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.
    Cymes arranged in a small lax panicle, terminal and often on short lateral branches; rhachis and branches at first pubescent, becoming glabrous.
    Flowers hermaphrodite and male on pedicels 1–5 mm. long; buds globose, at last obovoid.
    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 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 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.
    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.
    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.



    Native to:

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


    Other Data

    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.


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