Macleod Cordia
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Macleod Cordia
D Native Photo: Chintan Bhatt
Common name: Macleod Cordia • Bengali: Sitapatra • Hindi: Dahiphalas, Dahiman • Kannada: Bili challe, Doddacalle, Hadang, Hirichalle • Marathi: Bhoti, Daiwas, Dhaim, Dhaiwan • Oriya: Baurlo, Bhoto, Sambarsinga, Panki, Shikari • Tamil: Palandekku • Telugu: Botuku, Iriki, Pedda batava, Pedda botuku,
Botanical name: Cordia macleodii    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Hemigymnia macleodii, Lithocardium macleodii, Gerascanthus macleodii

Macleod Cordia is a deciduous tree, 6-12 m tall. Young shoots and branchlets brownish-white woolly. Leaves are 6-18 x 5-16 cm, broadly heart-shaped-ovate to oblong-ovate, blunt, margin nearly entire or wavy, nerves usually 3, impressed above, prominent on the underside. Underside is of a light color, woolly with brownish-yellow hairs. Leaf-stalks are 2-3.5 cm long. Flowers are laterally disposed in particle-like cymes, white with yellow throat. Sepal-cup is 8 mm long, ribbed, woolly, 6-lobed, accrescent fruit. Petals are strap-shaped-blunt. Filaments are protruding, base hairy. Drupe is up to 2.2 cm long, ovoid, pointed, basal portion surrounded by the ą cup-shaped sepal-cup. Macleod Cordia is native to India. Flowering: March-April.
Medicinal uses: Macleod Cordia is believed to have some wound healing properties.

Identification credit: Rajdeo SIngh, Chintan Bhatt Photographed in Pune, Maharashtra.

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