Cordia Sebestena

Cordia Sebestena

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Cordia sebestena is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, Boraginaceae.


It is native to the American tropics, from southern Florida in the United States and The Bahamas southwards throughout Central America and the Greater Antilles. It is known as: siricote or kopt in 19th Century northern Yucat; scarlet cordia in Jamaica; Geiger Tree (after Key West wrecker John Geiger) in Florida.
Cordia sebestena is widely planted throughout the tropics and subtropics as an Ornamental plant in gardens because of its flowers. It has dark green, oval shaped leaves, and grows oval shaped fruits that are edible, but not flavorful. Cordia sebestena tolerates drought but not frost.