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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia to E. Tanzania.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climbing or scandent shrub up to 9(–12) m tall; bark pale grey or yellowish
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or subopposite; blade elliptic-oblong or obovate-oblong, 2.5–10(–12.5) x 1.5–5.8(–7.3) cm, cuneate to rounded at the base, rounded to subacute at the apex, entire, glabrous; petiole 10–25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers scented, functionally unisexual, in ± 20-flowered clusters
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx obconical, 5–6 mm long in male flowers, 8–9 mm long in female flowers, glabrous outside, 4–5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, 5-lobed; tube 5.5–6.5 mm long in male flowers, c. 7.5 mm long in female flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5; male flowers with rudimentary pistillode
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with 4–7 mm long stigmatic branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits Fruiting calyx
Fruiting calyx cup-shaped, 10 x 14 mm, completely enclosing the young fruits
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mature fruits ellipsoid, c. 18 x 10 mm, mucronate at the apex, and much resembling oak acorns.
Distribution
S3; Kenya, Tanzania
Ecology
Altitude range c. 30 m.
Vernacular
Mareer (Somali).

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climbing shrub to 9(–12) m. with branches of up to 20 cm. diameter; bark pale grey or yellowish.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves borne on young elongated branches or on very short lateral branches; blades oblong-elliptic or obovate-oblong, 2.5–10(–12.5) cm. long, 1.5–5.8(–7.3) cm. wide, rounded to subacute at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, entire, glabrous, eventually chartaceous, with distinct margin; petiole 1–2.5 cm. long, blackish on drying.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers scented, 4–5-merous, soon falling, borne in cymose-fasciculate inflorescences, each fasciculate element ± 20-flowered; rachis 2–3(–10) mm. long; secondary axes 0–3(–8) mm. long; pedicels 2–5 mm. long, narrowly constricted at the apex. Female:calyx narrowly obconic, 8–9 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, pubescent inside, slightly grooved with rounded lobes 1–1.5 mm. long, 0.5–2 mm. wide; corolla-tube 7.5 mm. long; lobes oblong-elliptic, 6.5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, obtuse; antherodes 1 mm. long, the free part of the filaments 1.5 mm. long; ovary narrowly conical, 2.2 mm. long, the stipe 1 mm. long; style 6.5 mm. long, the main branches 0.5–1 mm. long and secondary branches 7 mm. long including the 2 mm. long stigmas. Male:calyx conical, 5–6 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide; corolla-tube 5.5–6.5 mm. long; lobes narrowly oblong-oblanceolate, 5 mm. long, up to 2 mm. wide at apex, retuse; free parts of filaments 2–3 mm. long; rudimentary ovary globose, 0.7 mm. diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, glabrous.
sex Male
Male:calyx conical, 5–6 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide; corolla-tube 5.5–6.5 mm. long; lobes narrowly oblong-oblanceolate, 5 mm. long, up to 2 mm. wide at apex, retuse; free parts of filaments 2–3 mm. long; rudimentary ovary globose, 0.7 mm. diameter.
sex Female
Female:calyx narrowly obconic, 8–9 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, pubescent inside, slightly grooved with rounded lobes 1–1.5 mm. long, 0.5–2 mm. wide; corolla-tube 7.5 mm. long; lobes oblong-elliptic, 6.5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, obtuse; antherodes 1 mm. long, the free part of the filaments 1.5 mm. long; ovary narrowly conical, 2.2 mm. long, the stipe 1 mm. long; style 6.5 mm. long, the main branches 0.5–1 mm. long and secondary branches 7 mm. long including the 2 mm. long stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Immature fruits in subsessile clusters 4 cm. diameter, entirely included in the calyx; mature resembling oak acorns, ellipsoid, 1.8 cm. long, 1.4 cm. wide, mucronate at the apex, the cupuliform calyx 1 cm. long, 1.4 cm. wide; fruiting pedicels 3–4 mm. long, becoming woody.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ellipsoid, 1.4 cm. long, 9 mm. wide, reticulate-lamellate when dry.
Figures
Figs. 5/7, p. 24; 7.
Habitat
Riverine bushland, thicket and forest, often with Acacia elatior, Hyphaene, Rinorea, Mimusops, Spirostachys, Lecaniodiscus, Populus ilicifolia etc., also foreshore and coastal wooded savanna; also in termite mound thicket; 0–125 m.
Distribution
K7 T3 T6 T8

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Cordia faulknerae Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 1, 1929 Faulkner, H.G. [1567], Tanzania K000418658 holotype

First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2.A, 53: 104 (1980)

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.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Warfa, Acta Univ. Upsal. 174: 49, fig. 41D (1988).
  • Verdc. in Bol. Soc. Brot, sér. 2,53, fig. 1: 104 (1980).
  • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 75 (1980).

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