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Fruit, side view, cross section and seeds. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage with cotyledons at base. Copyright CSIRO
Cordia dichotoma G.Forst.
Forster, J.G. (1786) Florulae Insularum Australium Prodromus: 18. Type: New Caledonia.
Cordia ixiocarpa F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 59(1858), Type: In collibus humilibus ad flumen Gilbert. Leichhardt, Mueller. Cordia brownii DC., Prodromus 9: 499(1845), Type: in Nova Hollandia intra tropicum. C. dichotoma Forst. prodr. n. 110?.
Cordia Tree; Glue Berry Tree; Cordia
Fine oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze. Blaze darkening on exposure to dark grey green.
Fine oak grain in the twigs. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped. Leaf blades about 3.5-21 x 2.5-10.5 cm, rather thin in texture, about 4-7 pairs of lateral veins. Petioles about 2-3 cm long. Leaf blades turn almost black on drying in the forest. Domatia, if present, are tufts of hairs.
Cotyledons transversely ovate, about 20-25 mm wide, apex crenate or lobed. A few short hairs on the upper surface near the base and on the petiole. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves ovate or elliptic, margins serrate.
Distribution and Ecology
Widespread in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards to coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 700 m. Usually grows in drier rain forest or rain forest subject to substantial dry season water stress. Also occurs in New Caledonia, Malesia, SE Asia and India.
A food plant for the larval stages of the Common Oakblue Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
The fermented fruits of this species together with black beans are used in Chinese cooking. (http://www.confex2.com/ift/98annual/accepted/43-5 .htm)