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Trees, often with a swollen, bottle-shaped trunk. Leaves alternate, entire or palmately lobed. Inflorescences usually of axillary panicles. Flowers bisexual or unisexual. Calyx petaloid. Petals 0.  Stamens united into a column with a head of 10-15 anthers. Ovary with 5 loculi. Stigma peltate or lobed. Fruit a woody follicle, dehiscing along one side when ripe.

Very similar to Sterculia and differing "in having seeds in compartments of the hairy honeycomb-like endocarp within the follicles" (Hortus Third, p. 176).


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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