Cordia sebestena

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Cordia sebestena
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: (unplaced)
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Cordia
Species: C. sebestena
Binomial name
Cordia sebestena

Cordia sebestena is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, Boraginaceae, that is native to the American tropics. It ranges from southern Florida in the United States and The Bahamas southwards throughout Central America and the Greater Antilles.[1] Common names include siricote or kopté (Mayan) in 19th Century northern Yucatán,[2] scarlet cordia on Jamaica,[3] and Geiger Tree (after Key West wrecker John Geiger) in Florida.[4]


Cordia sebestena is widely planted throughout the tropics and subtropics as an ornamental plant in gardens because of its flowers. It has dark green, oval shaped leaves, and grows oval shaped fruits that are edible, but not flavorful. Cordia sebestena tolerates drought but not frost.



  1. ^ a b "Taxon: Cordia sebestena". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1997-03-24. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  2. ^ Heilprin, Angelo (July–December 1891). "Observations on the flora of North Yucatan". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 29 (136): 137–44. 
  3. ^ "Bats Of Jamaica". Museum, University of Nebraska State. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  4. ^ Nelson, Gil (1996). The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida: a Reference and Field Guide. Pineapple Press Inc. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-56164-110-9. 

External links[edit]

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