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Useful Tropical Plants

Varronia grandiflora

Desv.

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Cordia grandiflora (Desv.) Kunth

Cordia rufa Klotzsch

Lithocardium grandiflorum (Desv.) Kuntze

Varronia lantanoides Willd. ex Cham.

Common Name:

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General Information

Varronia grandiflora is a shrub growing up to 3.5 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental, valued for its large, trumpet-shaped flowers[
356
Title
The Useful and Ornamental Plants of Trinidad and Tobago.
Publication
 
Author
Williams. R. O. & Williams. R. O. Jnr.
Publisher
Self Published in Trinidad and Tobago.
Year
1951
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a wide range of plants both native and introduced to Trinidad and Tobago. Gives a brief description of the plant and some of its local uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Colombia, Venezuela, northeast Brazil, Guyana

Habitat

Sides of rivers and streams

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
1438
Title
Food Plants in the Americas: A Survey of the Domesticated, Cultivated, and Wild Plants Used for Human Food in North,
Publication
 
Author
Kermath B.M.; Bennett B.C.' Pulsipher L.M.
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A pre-publication draft of an amazing, on-going work first started in 1985. It contains information on more than 3,900 taxa from the Americas - from Arctic regions to the Tropics
]. The ovoid, glabrous, red fruit is around 2.5mm x 3 - 4mm.
We have seen no further specific information for this species. The fruits of most Cordia (Varronia) 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).

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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