Thespesia populnea

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Name and publication

Thespesia populnea (L.) Sud. Ex Corrêa, Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 9: 290 (1807).

Description

Decorticated fruits of the corktree or bendytree are sold as “peepal pods” in the potpourri trade. These capsules resemble five-angled pumpkins, 2-3.5 cm in diameter, covered with a fine, anastomosing net.

Nativity and distribution

Thespesia populnea is pantropical in littoral habits. This is a potentially invasive species in tropical climates.

Family

Malvaceae

Synonymy

Hibiscus populneus L.

Thespesia macrophylla Blume