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Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cordia myxa L.
Linnaeus, C. von (1753) Species Plantarum 2: 190. Type: Habitat in Aegypto, Malabaria..
Cordia myxa var. ixiocarpa (F.Muell.) Domin, Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 1097(1928), Type: ?.
Glue Berry; Small Cordia; Sebastan Tree; Sapistan Tree; Cordia, Small; Cordia; Sebastan
Blaze darkens to a drab olive colour on exposure.
Flowers sessile. Calyx tube +/- glabrous, irregularly splitting into lobes, lobes hairy. Corolla tube about as long as the calyx, corolla about 6-7 mm long overall. Stigmas strap-shaped, +/- foliaceous.
Cotyledons transversely ovate, about 40 mm wide, apex crenate or lobed. A few short hairs present on the upper surface of the cotyledons and their petioles. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves broadly ovate, margins dentate; upper surface with a few scattered hairs along the midrib.
Distribution and Ecology
Probably an introduced species, whose origins are uncertain, perhaps Africa or even Asia, now naturalized in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 800 m. Often grows in open forest but also commonly found in monsoon forest. There is considerable doubt about the application of the name C. myxa to this taxon but until the taxonomic and nomenclatural problems are sorted out it is not possible to suggest a better alternative.
In India this species is used for a variety of purposes. The fruit and leaves are eaten in one form or another and the bark is used in the manufacture of ropes. (http://sarasvati.simplenet.com/Indian%20Lexicon/c ordia.htm)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)