Cordyla africana Lour.

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Cordyla africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Panga-panga - Chitengo road, Gorongosa National Park.

Cordyla africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Panga-panga - Chitengo road, Gorongosa National Park.

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Common names: Wild mango (English)
Status: Native
Large deciduous tree with a spreading crown. Leaves imparipinnate with 11-28 alternate leaflets; leaflets oblong, shiny green above, paler below with translucent dots and streaks; apex usually slightly notched; the main rhachis grooved along the top. Flowers in short axillary sprays, facing upwards, petals absent, a mass of orange-yellow stamens most conspicuous; ovary stalked. Fruit ovoid, not like a pod but resembling a fleshy drupe, yellow when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In riverine or swamp evergreen forest in hot areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Coastal districts from Kenya to North KwaZulu-Natal, extending inland in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Thursday 27 October 2022

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cordyla africana., retrieved 22 February 2024

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