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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 190. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: YASIN J. NASIR
General/Distribution: 250 species, mainly tropical America. Represented in Pakistan by 6 species, of which 2 are exclusively cultivated.


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Trees or shrubs, often polygamous, with alternate to subopposite and exstipulate leaves. Flowers regular, disposed in spikes, racemes or cymes. Calyx campanulate or obconical, 3-5-lobed or toothed, persistent. Corolla infundibuliform or campanulate, 4-5(-8) lobed. Stamens as many as and alternating with the lobes. Filaments usually hairy at the base, anthers subexaerted. Ovary undivided, 4-locular with 1 ovule in each locule. Style terminal, doubly bipartite. Fruit a 1-seeded (by abortion) drupe. Seeds exalbuminous.

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1 Flowers white or yellowish-white (2)
+ Flowers orange-red 6 Cordia sebestena
2 (1) Calyx ribbed, minutely pubescent to tomentose (3)
+ Calyx not ribbed, glabrous 2 Cordia myxa
3 (2) Leaves alternate, elliptic to ovate, obovate or suborbicular, 3-5-nerved (4)
+ Leaves subopposite, oblanceolate to oblong,1-nerved 1 Cordia gharaf
4 (3) Calyx pubescent to the outside. Corolla tube hairy within (5)
+ Calyx densely tomentose to the outride. Corolla tube glabrous within 5 Cordia macleodii
5 (4) Bark of trunk greenish-grey, often deeply fissured. Leaves 1-2 times as long as broad. Flower white. Calyx 2.5-6 mm long. Filament base hairy 3 Cordia dichotoma
+ Bark of trunk greenish-grey, often deeply fissured. Leaves less than 1 ½ times long as broad. Flowers yellowish-white. Calyx 8-15 mm long. Filament base glabrous 4 Cordia vestita
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