Cordia africana
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Cordia
C. africana
Binomial name
Cordia africana
  • Cordia holstii Gürke ex Engl.
  • Cordia abyssinica R.Br. ex A.Rich.
  • Cordia abyssinica R. Br.
  • Cordia unyorensis Stapf
  • Gerascanthus africanus (Lam.) Borhidi
  • Gerascanthus holstii (Gürke ex Engl.) M.Kuhlm. & Mattos

Cordia africana is a species of flowering tree in the borage family, Boraginaceae, that is native to Africa.[1]


Cordia africana has been used in the manufacture of drums. The Akan Drum which is now in the British Museum was identified as being of African manufacture because it was found to be made from this tree.[2] It is also sometime called Sudan Teak and has been used for flooring, high-quality furniture, window making, interior decking. The wood can be used to manufacture beehives which can be kept in this tree where the bees can live off the plentiful supply of nectar which comes from the flowers. In addition the tree supplies leaves for forage and an edible fruit.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b "Cordia africana" (PDF). AgroForestryTree Database. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. ^ MacGregor, Neil. "Akan Drum". A History of the World in 100 Objects. BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Sudan Teak (Tectona Grandis)/ Cordia Africana". Retrieved 24 January 2021.


Bark and trunk

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