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Cordia (saucer-berry genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Family: Boraginaceae

About 250-300 species, native to tropical regions, with 12 species native to southern Africa and a further six species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cordia africana (Large-leaved saucer-berry)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cordia caffra (Septee tree, Septee saucer-berry)

See PlantzAfrica. Caterpillars of  Coelonia mauritii (Fulvous Hawkmoth) have been recorded feeding on leaves of Cordia caffra.


Cordia goetzei

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cordia grandicalyx

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Cordia monoica

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cordia mukuensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Cordia ovalis (Snot berry)


Cordia pilosissima

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cordia quercifolia


Cordia sinensis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Cordia stuhlmannii

Recorded from Mozambique.


Cordia subcordata

Recorded from Mozambique.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cordia alliodora (Ecuador laurel, Salmwood)

Native to Brazil and Venezuela.


Cordia dichotoma

Native from India to Australia.


Cordia myxa (Indian saucer-berry, Sudan teak)

Native from tropical Africa to Iraq.


Cordia obliqua

Native to India.


Cordia sebestena (Geiger tree)

Native from Mexico to Venezuela.


Cordia taguahyensis

Native to Brazil.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.