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Species Information

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Cordyla africana Lour.
(name current 2016)
Sunbird Tree
Wild Mango


Growth form: Tree
Also occurs outside southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: lowveld only
Local abundance: very rare
Schedule C
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Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Very rare and marginal in Swaziland, often occurring as single plants. It is a widespread tropical plant. Wild Mango.

Regional distribution:
Widespread in the tropics.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Cordyla africana - Large spreading tree with corky bark. Leaves pinnate, up to 30 cm long, with c 20 large leaflets. Flowers in short axillary racemes. Calyx with three broad lobes about as long as tube. Petals absent. Stamens c 30, attached to calyx tube at its throat, longer than tube, filaments flattened, joined at base. Ovary on long stalk, with few ovules. Fruit yellow, several cm long, somewhat fleshy, few- seeded.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

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Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)