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Boraginaceae, Cordia myxa (Syn. C. dichotoma), Assyrian plum, لسوڑا, Lasura – Chios, Greece

June 2, 2012

Common names include: لسوڑا, Lasura, Assyrian Plum, Pidar, Panugeri, Naruvilli, Geduri, Spistan, and Burgund dulu wanan.

The Assyrian plum is a tree of tropical and subtropical regions, native to India, Myanmar, and Nepal. It is found in a variety of forests ranging from dry deciduous forests in Rajasthan to the moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats and tidal forests of Myanmar (Burma). The tree will grow at altitudes between 200 – 1500 meters with an average annual rainfall of 250 – 3000 mm.

Immature fruits can be pickled and used as a vegetable. Pickle made from the fruit is affective against indigestion. The fresh foliage yields good animal fodder and trees are often topped for this purpose.

The Assyrian plum fruit can be light pale to brown or even pink in color. The color gets darker as it ripens. When fully ripe the fruit is quite sweet and rich in vitamins. Regular consumption is supposed to be helpful in promoting good hair growth. The bark and roots of the tree are effective as a remedy against cough, cold and other indigestion and throat related ailments.

The wood is favored for ornamental woodwork.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012 10:08:19 am

    Looks a whole lot like something “figgy” doesn’t it?

  2. June 2, 2012 10:08:28 am

    Perhaps Jatropha curcas?

    • June 2, 2012 10:08:15 pm

      It does look somewhat similar but I don’t think that’s it. I haven’t seen J. Curcas in greece. Does it grow where you are in Tazmania.?

      • June 2, 2012 10:08:48 pm

        Nope…I was just going by the leaves and the inflorescence… still looks “figgy” to me…

  3. June 2, 2012 10:08:28 pm

    Definitely has some resemblences to Jatropha. And yes, somewhat figgy for sure.

  4. June 2, 2012 10:08:18 pm

    Not Jatropha. Looks like a Cordia to me.

  5. June 2, 2012 10:08:19 pm

    Probably Cordia myxa.

    • June 2, 2012 10:08:27 pm


      Thank you very much. I’m looking through other images of Cordia myxa and it’s a pretty good match. The tree appears to have quite a few uses. Interesting that I’ve seen it here and no where else in that I’ve been in Greece, must be due to this island’s proximity to Turkey (about 5 miles across the water). Thanks again.

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