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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

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

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.

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