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General: Sterculia Family (Sterculiaceae). Named after the explorer John C. Fremont, this shrub or small tree reaches 3-8 m in height. The twigs have dense stellate hairs. The shrub has ovate, soft to leathery leaves with 3 main lobes with hairs on the upper and lower surfaces. The spectacular solitary flowers are 35-60 mm wide with no petals and subtended by 3 showy yellow, sepal-like bracts. The ovoid fruit is chambered.


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USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center & East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden

Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

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