Cordia sebestena

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Cordia sebestena L.
  • The genus is named in honour of V. Cordus, a German botanist and sebestena is derived from an allied Persian species, sapistan, grown around the town of Sebesta.

  • Common Name : Scarlet Cordia, Orange Geiger Tree, Aloe-wood
  • Plant Family : Boraginaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10-17, 20-22, 24, 25, 27, 29
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity, Aranya Van

About Cordia sebestena Plant :

  • Habit : A small evergreen shrub.
  • Leaves : Alternate, large, oval or elliptic, blunt at apex, rough, much wrinkled or wavy.
  • Inflorescence : Terminal clusters.
  • Flower :
    • Large, scarlet or orange-red.
    • Calyx tubular, 4 or more lobed, ribbed.
    • Corolla funnel-shaped, petals 5-6, rounded and much crumpled or wrinkled.
    • Stamens 5-12, anthers dull yellow.
  • Fruits : Drupe pure white enclosed in persistent calyx.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September-March
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens for its beautiful flowers.