Galapagos Species Checklist

Cordia lutea Lam.

muyuyo, flor de overo, overal, uva, yellow cordia, yellow geiger

Photo: Patricia Jaramillo, Rachel Atkinson, Anne Guézou, CDF, 2008.
Photo: Patricia Jaramillo, Rachel Atkinson, Anne Guézou, CDF, 2008.

A majestic small tree with a dark twisted trunk and dark green leaves. The tree is covered in groups of cheerful yellow flowers almost all year long. The fruits are round and luminous white. The flesh is sticky, and contains small black seeds.

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Plantae

Phylum
Magnoliophyta

Class
Magnoliopsida (= Dicotyledoneae)

Order
Lamiales

Family
Boraginaceae

Genus
Cordia

Species
lutea

Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Varronia flava Andersson, Varronia rotundifolia A.DC., fide Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew & Missouri Botanical Garden (2010)

Distribution

Distribution map of specimen collection localities or observation records for this species in our collections database.

References

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