Sterculia macrophylla

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Name and publication

Sterculia macrophylla Vent., Jardin de la Malmaison 2: t. 91 (1805).

Description

Fruits of what appear to be S. macrphylla are sold in the potpourri trade as “masai crown.” Follicles are boat-shaped, typically green to brown on the exterior, shiny and orange to brown on the interior, very faintly ribbed and anastomosing on both surfaces, 3-8 cm long and about as wide, held in clusters of one to five follicles but broken apart for sale.

Nativity and distribution

Sterculia macrophylla is native to Thailand through Malesia.

Family

Malvacieae, also placed in Sterculiaceae