Cordia dichotoma

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Cordia dichotoma G.Forst.
  • The genus is named in honour of V. Cordus, a German botanist.

  • Synonyms : Cordia myxa L.
  • Common Name : Mota Gunda, Indian Cherry, Vad Gundo
  • Plant Family : Boraginaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Van Chetana Kendra, Basan

About Cordia dichotoma Plant :

  • Habit : A big deciduous tree.
  • Leaves : Alternate, ovate, obtuse, entire, cordate.
  • Inflorescence : Cymose panicles.
  • Flower :
    • White, small polygamous, hermaphrodite.
    • Calyx closed over the corolla in the bud, then split into 5 irregular lobes, silky inside.
    • Corolla lobes 5, oblong-obtuse, recurved.
    • Stamens 5, filaments hairy at base.
    • Ovary 4-celled, ovule 1, erect, style, terminal, stigma capitate.
  • Fruits : Drupe ovoid, pale yellow.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : February-April
  • Significance : The fruit is employed as a demulcent, unripe fruits are pickled; ripe fruits are sweet to taste.