|Scientific name:||Cordia sinensis Lam.|
|Synonym name:||Cordia gharaf (Forssk.) Ascherson|
|Common name:||Grey leaved saucerberry|
|Hebrew name:||גפנן המדבר|
|Arabic name:||السبستان الصيني|
|Plant Family:||Boraginaceae, זיפניים|
|Life form:||Phanerophyte, tree|
|Stems:||Multi-stemmed tree 3-12 m high and often with slender branches tending to droop; bark, brown-pale creamy-brown, finely fissured longitudinally, or smooth, dark grey on branches|
|Leaves:||Opposite, (sub)opposite or alternate, ovate to obovate or broadly, 2-12 x 1-4.5 cm, glabrous or slightly pubescent and often somewhat sandpapery; petiole about 10 mm longwith long pale hairs|
|Flowers:||White, in terminal cymes|
|Fruits / pods:||Fruits, conical, bright red or orange when ripe, 7-20 mm long, with conspicuous long tip; hang in clusters; seed 1-4, hard, rough, yellowish cream|
|Flowering Period:||May, June, July, August, September, October|
|Distribution:||Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Cordia, for the German botanist and pharmacist Valerius Cordus (1514/1515 - 1544).
sinensis, refers to its Chinese origin.
gharaf, Arabic, غرف gharafa to draw or lift water, غرّاف gharaf, having much water; carafe.