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Useful Tropical Plants

Cordia glabrata

(Mart.) A.DC.

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Cordia longipeda Mez

Gerascanthus glabratus Mart.

Gerascanthus longipedus (Mez) Borhidi

Lithocardium glabratum Kuntze

Lithocardium longipedum Kuntze

Common Name:

Cordia glabrata
Flowering tree
Photograph by: João Medeiros
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Cordia glabrata Cordia glabrata Cordia glabrata

General Information

Cordia glabrata is a deciduous tree with a roundish crown; it can grow 8 - 10 metres tall[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. The bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The tree is extremely ornamental when in bloom, with a display of white flowers that can last for weeks[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1903
Title
A Revision of Cordia Section Gerascanthus (Boraginales; Cordiaceae)
Publication
J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 7(1); 55 - 83. 2013
Author
Miller J.S.
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

S. America - Paraguay, eastern, central and northern Brazil, Bolivia.

Habitat

Semi-deciduous, dry forests, cerrado and calcareous outcroppings; at elevations up to 500 metres[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height9.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Humming birds
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a sunny position[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
Young plants grow away moderately well and can be 3 metres tall after 2 years[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The branches often have hollow sections that are inhabited by ants[
1903
Title
A Revision of Cordia Section Gerascanthus (Boraginales; Cordiaceae)
Publication
J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 7(1); 55 - 83. 2013
Author
Miller J.S.
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

The brown, ovoid fruit is around 8 - 10mm long and 5 - 6mm wide[
1903
Title
A Revision of Cordia Section Gerascanthus (Boraginales; Cordiaceae)
Publication
J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 7(1); 55 - 83. 2013
Author
Miller J.S.
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The fruits of most Cordia species are comprised of a thin to fairly thick layer of pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed and are more or less edible[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
]. (though some are known to cause gastric disturbances). This species, however, belongs to a section of the genus where the mesocarp is fibrous rather than fleshy[
1903
Title
A Revision of Cordia Section Gerascanthus (Boraginales; Cordiaceae)
Publication
J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 7(1); 55 - 83. 2013
Author
Miller J.S.
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is moderately heavy, of medium durability in adverse conditions, soft to cut[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. It is quite decorative and can be used in furniture making[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Propagation

Seed - it has a short viability and so should be sown as soon as possible. Sow the whole fruit since it is almost impossible to separate the seed. Sow in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are normally low, with the seed sprouting in 30 - 70 days. Transplant the seedlings into individual containers when they are 4 - 6cm tall and they should be ready to plant out 4 - 6 months later[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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