Adina cordifolia

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Adina cordifolia


Taxonavigation: Gentianales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Rubiaceae
Subfamilia: Cinchonoideae
Tribus: Naucleeae
Genus: Adina
Species: Adina cordifolia



Adina cordifolia (Roxb.) Hook.f. & Benth., Forest Fl. N.W. India [Brandis]: 263 (1874)


  • Basionym
    • Nauclea cordifolia Roxb., Pl. Coromandel 1(3): 40, t. 53 (1796)
      • Note: Brandis ascribed the name to these two authors and acknowledged their assistance to his publication at p. xvi. ICN Art. 46.5 states that "A new combination, name at new rank, or replacement name is attributed to the author(s) of the publication in which it appears, although it was ascribed to a different author or different authors, when no separate statement was made that one or more of those authors contributed in some way to that publication."
      • Typus: W. Roxburgh s.n. (Herb. Smith 316/5, LINN-HS 316.5.(JSTOR)) fide Ridsdale (1978: 361), Löfstrand et al. (2014).
      • Type locality: [India. Andhra Pradesh?]: Coromandel, a native of the mountainous parts of this coast.
  • Homotypic
    • Haldina cordifolia (Roxb.) Ridsdale, Blumea 24(2): 361 (1978); accepted by Govaerts (2003), but not accepted by Löfstrand et al. (2014) [cited as Adina cordifolia]
  • Heterotypic
    • Nauclea sterculiifolia A.Rich. ex DC., Prodr. 4: 672 (1830), as N. sterculiæfolia, not accepted by Ridsdale (1978: 361) and Govaerts (2003) [cited as Haldina cordifolia]
      • Type locality: [India. Tamil Nadu:] Courtallum.


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Asia-Temperate
    • Regional: China
      • China South-Central (Yunnan), China Southeast.
  • Continental: Asia-Tropical
    • Regional: Indian Subcontinent
      • Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya, India (Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka.
    • Regional: Indo-China
      • Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.
    • Regional: Malesia
      • Malaya.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



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Vernacular names

বাংলা: কেলিকদম্ব (Haughton 1833: 793; Das 1937: 571)
हिन्दी: हलदू
日本語: ハルドゥ
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ខ្វាវ
ລາວ: ຂາວ
မြန်မာဘာသာ: နှော
සිංහල: කොළොම්
தமிழ்: மஞ்சக்கடம்பு
తెలుగు: దాడుగచెట్టు
ไทย: ขว้าว
中文: 心叶木
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