Cordia grandicalyx Oberm.

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Cordia grandicalyx

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance parking White Rhino Cave, Matobo National Park.

Cordia grandicalyx

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance parking White Rhino Cave, Matobo National Park.

Cordia grandicalyx

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance parking White Rhino Cave, Matobo National Park.

Cordia grandicalyx

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance parking White Rhino Cave, Matobo National Park.

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Common names: Large-fruit saucer-berry (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree up to 7 m high.Bark dark greyish-brown, fissured; young branchlets hairy with prominent leaf-scars. Leaves alternate, very broadly ovate to almost round, 4-16 cm long, leathery, rough to the touch, particularly above, sometimes almost 3-veined from a somewhat cordate base; margin obscurely toothed to entire; petiole 0.5-5 cm long. Flowers in few-flowered to dense heads, terminal or on short shoots with the new leaves. Fruit broadly ovoid, c. 4 × 3.5 cm, tapering to a horn-like tip, cupped by the large persistent calyx with margins frilled and often curling back in older fruit.
Derivation of specific name: grandicalyx: with a large calyx
Habitat: In hot, dry scrubland and woodland, often on river banks and in rocky soils.
Altitude range: 175 - 1460 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 4 October 2015

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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 968.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 68.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 570 - 571. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cordia grandicalyx., retrieved 12 November 2019

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