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

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Habit
Shrub or tree up to 18 m tall, with irregularly fluted smooth trunk
Bark
Bark greyish white, peeling off; young branchlets glabrous, ± purplish brown, shiny
Leaves
Leaves alternate; blade elliptic to ovate-oblong, 3–11 x 1.5–6 cm, rounded to cuneate at the base, obtuse at the apex, entire, glabrous; petiole 7–30 mm long
Flowers
Flowers scented, functionally unisexual, in lax glabrous inflorescences Male flowers with (3–)4–5 stamens and rudimentary pistillode
Calyx
Calyx tubular-campanulate, 4–5 mm long, glabrous or nearly so outside, 3–4-lobed
Corolla
Corolla white or cream; tube 4–6 mm long; lobes (3–)4–5
Style
Style with up to 2.3 mm long stigmatic branches
Fruiting calyx
Fruiting calyx 3.2–5 x 4.5–7 mm
Fruits
Drupe ± ovoid, 6–10 x 6–7.5 mm.
Distribution
S2, 3; Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Ecology
Altitude range 0–100 m.
Vernacular
Mareer docol, mareer qoox (Somali).

[FZ]

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

Habit
Small tree up to 8(10) m. high or sometimes a scandent shrub, dioecious, with hard timber; trunk and branches irregularly fluted, often square in section and even buttressed; bark smooth, grey-green in small specimens, becoming blue-grey and peeling away into thin plate-like flakes; branchlets glabrous, very rarely hairy.
Leaves
Leaves alternate; petiole 0.8–3.0(4.0) cm. long, canaliculate, glabrous; lamina 5–12 x 2.5–7.0 cm., elliptic or broadly elliptic to obovate, glabrous on the mature leaves, acute to obtuse at apex, cuneate to truncate and often asymmetrical at base, with entire margins, membranous to almost coriaceous, with 5–7 secondary nerves on each side of the midrib, not conspicuous on the lower surface, reticulate.
Inflorescences
Cymes arranged in shortly peduncled, slender, terminal and pseudo-axillary pseudo-dichotomous lax 2.5–6.0 cm. long and 3–9 cm. wide panicles; rhachis and branches glabrous or with scattered hairs.
Flowers
Flowers male or female, on pedicels up to 2 mm. long. Female flowers with buds as in male flowers; calyx 4.5–5.5 mm. long, campanulate to cylindrical, thickened at base, indumentum as in male flowers; corolla as in male flowers; staminodes 4–5, filaments 1.5–2.5 mm. long, sterile anthers 0.8–1.0 mm. long; ovary c. 2 mm. long, ± ellipsoid, glabrous; style 6.5–7.5 mm. long, first forked at 2.0–2.5 mm. and with stigmatic branches 3.0–4.0 mm. long, linear, lobed. Male flowers with buds c. 5 mm. long, obovoid, glabrous or subglabrous but often with a tuft of minute hairs at the apex; calyx 5–6 mm. long, tubular-campanulate, irregularly 3–5-toothed, membranous, glabrous or subglabrous outside, minutely strigose inside; corolla whitish, with tube 3.5–5.0 mm. long, cylindric, glabrous outside and inside save by a few hairs on the line of the stamens and with 4–5 lobes, 4.5–5.5 x 1.4–1.6 mm., oblong-lanceolate, acute to obtuse, ± reflexed, glabrous; stamens 4–5, inserted at the corolla-throat, filaments 3.5–5.0 mm. long, slender, hairy to the base, anthers 1.5–2.0 mm. long; ovary vestigial without style.
Male
Male flowers with buds c. 5 mm. long, obovoid, glabrous or subglabrous but often with a tuft of minute hairs at the apex; calyx 5–6 mm. long, tubular-campanulate, irregularly 3–5-toothed, membranous, glabrous or subglabrous outside, minutely strigose inside; corolla whitish, with tube 3.5–5.0 mm. long, cylindric, glabrous outside and inside save by a few hairs on the line of the stamens and with 4–5 lobes, 4.5–5.5 x 1.4–1.6 mm., oblong-lanceolate, acute to obtuse, ± reflexed, glabrous; stamens 4–5, inserted at the corolla-throat, filaments 3.5–5.0 mm. long, slender, hairy to the base, anthers 1.5–2.0 mm. long; ovary vestigial without style.
Female
Female flowers with buds as in male flowers; calyx 4.5–5.5 mm. long, campanulate to cylindrical, thickened at base, indumentum as in male flowers; corolla as in male flowers; staminodes 4–5, filaments 1.5–2.5 mm. long, sterile anthers 0.8–1.0 mm. long; ovary c. 2 mm. long, ± ellipsoid, glabrous; style 6.5–7.5 mm. long, first forked at 2.0–2.5 mm. and with stigmatic branches 3.0–4.0 mm. long, linear, lobed.
Fruits
Fruit c. 15 x 10 mm., ovoid-conical, apiculate, glabrous, orange when ripe, surrounded at the base by the enlarged widely campanulate many-toothed calyx; pyrene angular-ovoid, c. 10 x 7 mm., 1-seeded.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Erect shrub or tree 2–15(–18) m. tall, with a peculiar angular vertically ridged trunk (‘as if round originally and has then collapsed’), variously described as ‘fluted’ and ‘spiralig gedrecht’ (Scheffler); branches sometimes leaning and almost scandent; bark usually grey-white and smooth (as if white-washed or painted (Greenway)), peeling off to reveal yellow-green or green surface beneath but occasionally said to be rough (see note); young branches glabrous (see note), longitudinally ridged when dry.
Leaves
Leaf-blades elliptic, (1.5–)2–12.5(–13.5) cm. long, 1–6.5 cm. wide, rounded to ± acute at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, entire, quite smooth and glabrous or with dense minute tubercles above (see note); venation slightly raised and finely reticulate beneath; petiole (1–)1.5–3 cm. long.
Flowers
Flowers sweet-scented in lax cymes, terminal (usually on lateral snoots) or axillary; peduncle 0.2–1.5 cm. long; pedicels 0.5–4 mm. long. Female:calyx more cylindrical, pubescent inside; tube 3 mm. long, not ribbed; lobes 4, ovate, ± with apical tufts of hair; corolla-tube cylindrical, swollen at the base, 3–4 mm. long; lobes oblong-elliptic, 4 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide; stamens with upper free parts of filaments 1 mm. long, ovary ellipsoid, 2 mm. long, 1.2 mm. diameter; unbranched part of style 2–3 mm. long; primary branches 1 mm. long with 4 stigmatic arms 2.2 mm. long. Male:calyx narrowly campanulate, pubescent inside; tube 3 mm. long, 3-lobed, the lobes obtuse, 1 mm. long; corolla white or yellowish; tube 3–4 mm. long; lobes 4–5, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to obovate-oblong, (2.5–)4.5–5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide; stamens well exserted; filaments (2–)4–5 mm. long with a few hairs on the adnate parts; rudimentary ovary 0.7 mm. diameter; style absent.
Male
Male:calyx narrowly campanulate, pubescent inside; tube 3 mm. long, 3-lobed, the lobes obtuse, 1 mm. long; corolla white or yellowish; tube 3–4 mm. long; lobes 4–5, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to obovate-oblong, (2.5–)4.5–5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide; stamens well exserted; filaments (2–)4–5 mm. long with a few hairs on the adnate parts; rudimentary ovary 0.7 mm. diameter; style absent.
Female
Female:calyx more cylindrical, pubescent inside; tube 3 mm. long, not ribbed; lobes 4, ovate, ± with apical tufts of hair; corolla-tube cylindrical, swollen at the base, 3–4 mm. long; lobes oblong-elliptic, 4 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide; stamens with upper free parts of filaments 1 mm. long, ovary ellipsoid, 2 mm. long, 1.2 mm. diameter; unbranched part of style 2–3 mm. long; primary branches 1 mm. long with 4 stigmatic arms 2.2 mm. long.
Fruits
Fruiting inflorescence up to 4 cm. long; fruits subglobose to obovoid, 0.8–1(–1.9) cm. long, 6(–13) mm. wide; endocarps woody, 4–8(–11) mm. long, 4–6.5(–8) mm. wide; fruiting calyx cupular, 5 mm. long, 7 mm. wide at throat, ± constricted below.
Figures
Fig. 2.
Habitat
Evergreen coastal forest, rain-forest, riverine forest and thicket ground-water forest; 0–1350 m.
Distribution
K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T4 T6 T7 T8 Z

Native to:

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cordia goetzei Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Goetze, W. [365], Tanzania K000418660 lectotype
Tozzi, R. [332], Somalia K000418672 isotype

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 28: 307 (1900)

Accepted by

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Launert, E. & Pope, G.V. (eds.) (1990). Flora Zambesiaca 7(4): 1-114. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by A. M. Warfa [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Martins in Flora Zambesiaca 7(4): 62, t. 20 (1990).
  • Warfa, Acta Univ. Upsal. 174: 39, fig. 3/C, D, 5/B (1988).
  • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 75 (1980).
  • Haerdi in Acta Trop., Suppl. 8: 150 (1964).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 768 (1961).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 70 (1961).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 76 (1949).
  • Senni, Gli alberi Formazioni legnose della Somalia: 211 (1935).
  • Bak. & Wright in Flora of Tropical Africa 4(2): 14 (1905).
  • Gürke in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 28: 307, 461 (1900).

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