Large-leaved Cordia
Large-leaved Saucer-berry

Cordia africana

Cordia africana, a Boraginaceae, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on the grounds of Nairobi Museum, Kenya. March 2013.

a mealybug, Pseudococcidae, found on leaves of Cordia africana in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

These are mealybugs that were on the undersides of the leaves. The ants belong to the subfamily myrmicinae, which are endowed with painful stings. The coarse reddish trichomes are clearly seen in this magnified view.

main trunk of Cordia africana photo © Michael Plagens

FLOWERS: Bright white flowers with with five rounded petals.

TREE: A medium-sized tree with brown bark.

LEAVES: Large leaves are stiff, dark green above, and have coarse, reddish hairs on the undersurface, veins and stems.

RANGE: Fairly widespread in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.

FRUIT: The fruits develop into edible berries which are orange at ripening.

UNARMED. No thorns.

Boraginaceae -- Borage Family

bright white blossums of Cordia africana in Boraginaceae photo © Michael Plagens

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 15 July 2013