Cordia dichotoma—Cordia Tree; Glue Berry Tree; Cordia—BORAGINACEAE

Cordia dichotoma

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Habitat—Usually grows in drier rain forest or rain forest subject to substantial dry season water stress.

Distribution—Widespread in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Cape York Peninsula, North East Queensland and southwards to coastal Central Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 700 m. Also occurs in New Caledonian, Malaysia, SE Asia and India.

Description—Medium sized tree. Fine oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze. Fine oak grain in the twigs. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped.

Local occurrences

Great Lakes College-Forster Campus and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire to slightly lobed, 3 to 7 veived from the base, leaf blades about 3.5 to 21 x 2.5 to 10.5 cm, rather thin in texture, about 4 to 7 pairs of lateral veins. Petioles about 2 to 3 cm long. Leaf blades turn almost black on drying in the forest. Domatia, if present, are tufts of hairs.

Cordia dichotoma
Cordia dichotoma

Inflorescence—Sessile. Calyx tube hairy on the outer surface. Corolla tube shorter than the calyx, corolla about 6 to 7 mm long overall.

Flowering.—May to June.

Fruit—Fruiting calyx cup—like, enclosing only the base of the fruit. Fruits about 1.5-2 cm long, ± sticky when squashed, the pericarp being soft and succulent.

Ripe.—December to February.

Cordia dichotoma