The Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena) is known for its flowers, and is used in landscaping in tropical and sub-tropical areas such as Florida. It has dark green, oval shaped leaves, and grows oval shaped fruits that are edible, but not flavorful. It tolerates droughts, but not frosts.
Many Cordias have fragrant showy flowers and are popular in gardens, although they are not especially hardy. Like most other Boraginaceae, most have hairy leaves.
Cordia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Endoclita malabaricus and two bucculatricid leaf-miners recorded solely from Cordia, Bucculatrix caribbea and Bucculatrix cordiaella.
A number of the tropical species have edible fruits, called sebesten or clammy cherries. In India, the fruits of local species are used as a vegetable, raw, cooked, or pickled, and are known by many names, including lasora in Hindi. One such species is Cordia dichotoma (fragrant manjack), which is called gunda in Hindi. The fruit of the fragrant manjack are called phoà-pò·-chí (破布子) in Taiwan where they are eaten pickled.The above inf. from Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordia
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