Sterculia quinqueloba (Garcke) K. Schum.

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Sterculia quinqueloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Msorodoni Farm, rd to Mtoroshanga

Sterculia quinqueloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Msorodoni Farm, rd to Mtoroshanga

Sterculia quinqueloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Msorodoni Farm, rd to Mtoroshanga

Sterculia quinqueloba

Photo: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

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Synonyms: Cola quinqueloba Garcke
Sterculia livingstoniana Engl. ?
Common names: Large-leaved star-chestnut (English)
Status: Native
Medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark smooth cream to pinkish brown, flaking. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, large, 5-lobed. Flowers yellow, in branched terminal heads, unisexual, both sexes on the same inflorescence. Fruit consisting of 5 separate carpels, covered in golden velvet hairs. The carpels split to show black seeds attached to the rim amidst irritant hairs.
Derivation of specific name: quinqueloba: with five lobes
Habitat: In woodland and on rocky hillsides and kopjes.
Altitude range: Up to 1590 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: D.R. Congo, Katanga, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Storrs, A.E.G. (1995). Know Your Trees Regional Soil Conservation Unit. Pages 99 - 100. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 179.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sterculia quinqueloba
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Sterculia quinqueloba., retrieved 24 April 2024

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