Gerascanthus eriostigma (Pittier) Borhidi
Cordia eriostigma is a tree with a small, irregular crown; usually growing 5 - 15 metres tall, exceptionally to 30 metres[
]. The bole is straight and cylindrical[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is eaten locally.
Cordia eriostigma has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major
threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Moist to wet forests, generally at elevations from 200 - 1,200 metres, but more common above 600 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
Fruit - raw[
]. The red or orange fruits can be 10mm long[
]. A pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed.
The wood of most species in this genus is hard and, where the plants grow large enough, the wood is often harvested at least locally for use in construction etc and also for making charcoal[
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