Catalog Number: US 530995
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): H. F. Pittier
Year Collected: 1905
Locality: La ManueLita, near Palmira, Cauca Valley., Valle del Cauca, Colombia, South America
Elevation (m): 1100 to 1300
- Holotype: Pittier, H. F. 1917. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 18: 252.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Cordia curassavica
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 7
Species With Barcodes: 1
Cordia curassavica, commonly known as Black Sage or Wild Sage, is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, Boraginaceae. It is native to tropical America and has been widely introduced to Southeast Asia and the tropical Pacific region, where it is an invasive weed. The specific epithet is a latinised form of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea region and the locality of the type collection.
Black Sage is a many-branched shrub growing up to 3 m in height and smelling strongly of sage. Its leaves are lanceolate to ovate in shape, 40–100 mm long and 15–60 mm wide. The small white flowers grow in clusters at the ends of the branches; they have a funnel-shaped corolla, 4–6 mm long. The small, fleshy red fruits each contain a single 4–5 mm long seed.
- "Cordia curassavica (Jacq.) Roem. & Schult.". Flora of Australia Online. Australian Biological Resources Study. 1993. http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/online-resources/flora/stddisplay.xsql?pnid=7127. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
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