Cordia monoica Roxb.

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Cordia monoica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umvumvumvu River gorge

Cordia monoica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Cordia monoica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Cordia ovalis Hochst. ex A.DC.
Common names: Sandpaper saucer-berry (English) Snot berry (English)
Shrub or small, multi-stemmed tree. Leaves alternate, broadly obovate-oblong to almost circular, very rough on the upper surface, covered in soft rusty hairs below; margin entire or slightly toothed. Flowers white, cream or pale yellow in dense terminal heads; petals distinctly reflexed; calyces and stalks covered in yellowish hairs. Fruit fleshy, ovoid, orange-yellow when ripe, cupped in the persistent remains of the calyx.
Derivation of specific name: monoica: one-seeded
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, eastern DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa as far as northern KwaZulu-Natal. Also in Arabia, Mauritius and Tropical Asia.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 826. As Cordia ovalis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 560. although this may prove to be another taxon

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271. As Cordia ovalis

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 77.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 65 - 66.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40. also as Cordia ovalis

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 201.

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Flora of Botswana: Cordia monoica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cordia monoica
Flora of Mozambique: Cordia monoica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cordia monoica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cordia monoica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cordia monoica
African Plant Database: Cordia monoica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cordia monoica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cordia monoica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cordia monoica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cordia monoica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cordia monoica
JSTOR Plant Science: Cordia monoica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cordia monoica
Plants of the World Online: Cordia monoica
Tropicos: Cordia monoica
Wikipedia: Cordia monoica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Cordia monoica., retrieved 16 July 2024

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