Beach Cordia (Fijian: Nawanawa)

Cordia subcordata (Boraginaceae)

Characteristics

Small tree, up to 10 m. Leaves ovate, 8-20 cm long. Flowers orange, form tubes. Blooming occurs throughout the year, but most flowers are produced in the spring. Fruits buoyant for long distance transport by ocean currents.

Distribution

Beach Cordia occurs in Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and the Pacific Islands. Grows in coastal areas.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The seeds are edible and have been eaten during famine. Related (same family) to “forget-me-not” (Myosotis sp.) and “Octopus bush” (Heliotropium foertherianum; #91)

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species