Cordia sebestena L.

Kannada Name : Challekendala
Common Name : Geiger tree, Scarlet cordia
Family Name : Boraginaceae
Scientific Name : Cordia sebestena
Species Type : Exotic
Phenology : Evergreen
Conservation Status : Not known
Flowering Period : All year
Fruiting Period : All year
Origin : Tropical America


The leaves are emollient. They are used in the treatment of bronchitis, coughs, fevesr and influenza. The plant has been used as a remedy for intestinal and stomach complaints, and also for bronchial affections. A syrup prepared from the bark, flowers and fruit is a local remedy for affections of the chest


Shrubs or small trees, up to 8 m tall. Brachlets pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate, coriaceous, pubescent on the underisde, base rounded, apex acute, margin entire to undulate. Inflorescence in terminal cymose panicles. Flowers bisexual, vermillon coloured. Fruit a drupe, ovoid, hard, white when ripe, fleshy, 1-4 seeded.