1. Family: Boraginaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cordia L.
      1. Cordia ellenbeckii Gürke ex Vaupel

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. & S. Ethiopia to N. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Boraginaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1991

    Habit
    Shrubs 1–5 m. tall with dark grey bark; young branches sparsely pubescent or villous but soon glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves often on very short shoots, almost round, obovate or oblong, 0.8–3 cm. long, 0.4–2.5 cm. wide, rounded to ± acute at the apex, narrowed at base into the petiole, margin crenate-undulate to irregularly dentate, often densely velvety when young, later both sides pubescent-tomentose, white beneath but with yellow brown hairs on the venation, not or only slightly rough at first but more distinctly so at maturity; petiole 1–5 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers unisexual, rather fragrant, opening in the evening; ♂ flowers in 5–6-flowered inflorescences, sometimes appearing terminal but in forks of branches; ♀ flowers solitary. Male:Calyx very narrowly funnel-shaped, 11 mm. long with irregular short lobes 1–2 mm. long, with short spreading white hairs and pale fulvous tomentum outside. Corolla cream, glabrous; tube subcylindrical, 1.5 cm. long, ± widened above to 2.5 mm. at throat; lobes oblong, 5–6 mm. long, 3.5 mm. wide, entire or 2–3-fid (natural?); anthers just exserted from tube, the free parts of the filaments very short; rudimentary ovary ± 1 mm. long with no style. Female with calyx similar but wider, 9 mm. long, 5.5 mm. wide, with irregular teeth 1–2 mm. long; corolla-lobes 6 mm. long, 2 mm. wide. Anthers just exserted on very short filaments. Ovary ovoid, 2.5 mm. long. Styles ± 9 mm. long; stigmatic branches ± 5 mm. long, exserted.
    Male
    Male:Calyx very narrowly funnel-shaped, 11 mm. long with irregular short lobes 1–2 mm. long, with short spreading white hairs and pale fulvous tomentum outside. Corolla cream, glabrous; tube subcylindrical, 1.5 cm. long, ± widened above to 2.5 mm. at throat; lobes oblong, 5–6 mm. long, 3.5 mm. wide, entire or 2–3-fid (natural?); anthers just exserted from tube, the free parts of the filaments very short; rudimentary ovary ± 1 mm. long with no style.
    Female
    Female with calyx similar but wider, 9 mm. long, 5.5 mm. wide, with irregular teeth 1–2 mm. long; corolla-lobes 6 mm. long, 2 mm. wide. Anthers just exserted on very short filaments. Ovary ovoid, 2.5 mm. long. Styles ± 9 mm. long; stigmatic branches ± 5 mm. long, exserted.
    Fruits
    Fruit translucent orange, ± globose, 1.2 cm. diameter, obscurely ribbed, in a cup 1.6 cm. wide 6 mm. tall, subsessile.
    Figures
    Fig. 4/5, p.16.
    Habitat
    Commiphora-Acacia woodland and bushland, in limestone valley; 400–780 m.
    Distribution
    K1

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya

    Cordia ellenbeckii Gürke ex Vaupel appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 48: 526 (1912)

    Accepted by

    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1991). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Boraginaceae: 1-124.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 767 (1961).
    • Gürke in Engl., A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 1(1): 171, fig. 139 (1910) nomen & apud F. Vaupel in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 48: 526 (1912).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0