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Genus Sterculia Family Malvaceae

Description: Trees.

Leaves entire, lobed [or palmately compound].

Flowers in racemes or panicles. Flowers bisexual or unisexual with female flowers terminal and opening before males. Calyx 4-lobed, fused at the tips. Petals absent. Stamens 10–15, subsessile on an androgynophore. Carpels 4, free, with 10–15 staminodes clustered at their base; styles fused.

Follicles ± sessile; seeds 2–8.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 150 species, mainly tropical regions. Australia: 4 species, Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A., chiefly tropical

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Sterculia quadrifida

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