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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.


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

Morphology General Habit
Deciduous scandent shrub to 5 m. with rigid branches covered with grey bark and numerous spur-like woody branchlets; young parts ± densely pubescent but eventually glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades elliptic to oblong, obovate-elliptic or subobovate-oblong, 3–10 cm. long, 1.3–3.8 cm. wide, slightly emarginate or rounded at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, shining and smooth or scarcely scabrid above, densely pubescent or tomentellous beneath when young, eventually pubescent only on the prominent venation, rigid and ± coriaceous when adult, the margins very revolute when young; petiole short, 3–6 mm. long, sulcate above, ± pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers unisexual or hermaphrodite in few- flowered congested inflorescences, terminal or at the ends of short lateral branches; pedicels 1–1.5 mm. long, tomentellous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx obconic becoming ovoid-urceolate, 5.5–9 mm. long, 4–5.5 mm. wide near base but contracted to ± 3 mm. at mouth, not grooved but densely pubescent outside; lobes irregular, mostly broadly triangular, rounded or erose, 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale yellowish; tube subcylindric, 8 mm. long, 1.5 mm. diameter above, glabrous outside, pilose inside above; lobes 4–5, obovate-oblong or subrhomboid, 7 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, obtuse at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted in the throat; filaments 2.5 mm. long; anthers exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary broadly ovoid-conic, ± 5.5 mm. tall, 4 mm. wide, glabrous; style filiform, 5 mm. long, bifurcate at apex, each branch 2.5 mm. long, again bifid, the branches all filiform, ± 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits soft and jelly-like when ripe but hardening with age, broadly ovoid or subglobose, 1.2–1.6 cm. long, 1.1–1.6 cm. wide, glabrous, often with persistent style-base, sitting in the very accrescent rugulose cupuliform calyx which is woody, 1.2–1.5 cm. diameter, 8–9 mm. tall, puberulous outside, erose or scarcely lobed. Endocarp with 1–2 seeds.
Figs. 5/6, p. 24; 6.
Deciduous thickets of Commiphora-Grewia-Dalbergia-Combretum, Boscia, Pseudoprosopis etc. on grey hard-pan soils, mbugas, grassland with Commiphora, Lannea, etc. bushland; 1140–1320 m.
not known elsewhere T1 T4 T5

Native to:


Cordia balanocarpa Brenan appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1947 Burtt, B.D. [5039], Tanzania K000418657 holotype
Burtt, B.D. [5039], Tanzania K000418655 isotype
Burtt, B.D. [5039], Tanzania K000418656 Unknown type material

First published in Kew Bull. 4: 91 (1949)

Accepted by

  • 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.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Brenan in Kew Bulletin 4: 91, fig. on p. 92 (1949).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 75 (1949).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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