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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to Central Somalia.

[FSOM]

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

Type
C2, between “Bulo Burti” and “El Mocoile”, Suckert 61 (FT holo., K iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree up to 6 m tall; young branchlets densely scabrid pubescent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate; blade ovate, elliptic or oblong, 2–5.7 x 0.7–3 cm, rounded, cuneate or truncate at the base, rounded or emarginate at the apex, entire or slightly undulate, scabrid with medifixed spreading hairs on both surfaces; petiole 2–6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual, homostylous, solitary or few together
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tubular, leathery, 14–23 mm long, densely scabrid pubescent outside, c. 2–3-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla deep red or orange red; tube rigid, 17–35 mm long; lobes 7–10
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 7–10
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with united part 21–38 mm long, with stigmatic lobes less than 1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a nut, 16–25 x 15–18 mm, narrowly ovoid to globose, completely enclosed by the leathery calyx; fruit wall very hard.
Distribution
C1, 2; E Ethiopia
Ecology
Altitude range 200–300 m.
Vernacular
Cuddo, oddo, uddo (Somali).
Note
A more extensive use of the species as a food plant would be made difficult by the extreme hardness of the nuts (they are traditionally crushed between big stones) and also by the relatively small amount of seed they contain.

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[FSOM]
Use
The nuts of C. suckertii are much appreciated as food in central Somalia, and the contents of protein and fat are well comparable with those found in, for example, ground nuts and cashew nuts (Warfa, op. cit.: 55, 1988). C. suckertii is also a potential ornamental plant for arid areas.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Somalia

Cordia suckertii Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Atti Soc. Naturalisti Mat. Modena 66: 13 (1934)

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.
  • 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.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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