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Cordia eriostigma

Pittier

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Gerascanthus eriostigma (Pittier) Borhidi

Common Name:

Cordia eriostigma
Developing fruits
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General Information

Cordia eriostigma is a tree with a small, irregular crown; usually growing 5 - 15 metres tall, exceptionally to 30 metres[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
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http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
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Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
]. The bole is straight and cylindrical[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].
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)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

485
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Vol 75
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden: Boston.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, an article on the flora of Tanzania, a treatment of the genus Xyris and one for the Panamanian Boraginaceae. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.

Habitat

Moist to wet forests, generally at elevations from 200 - 1,200 metres, but more common above 600 metres[
485
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Vol 75
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden: Boston.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, an article on the flora of Tanzania, a treatment of the genus Xyris and one for the Panamanian Boraginaceae. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height12.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
]. The red or orange fruits can be 10mm long[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
]. A pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

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[
1902
Title
Two new species of Cordia L. (Boraginaceae) from Madagascar
Publication
Adansonia series 3, 23(2), 289-295, 2001
Author
Miller J.S.
Publisher
 
Year
2001
ISBN
 
Description
 
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Propagation

Seed -
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