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Chinese Plant Names | Family List | Sterculiaceae | Kleinhovia

Kleinhovia hospita Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Trees, up to 12 m tall; bark gray, exfoliate. Branchlets gray-green, sparsely pilose. Petiole 3-5.5 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate or ovate, 5.5-18 × 5.5-18 cm, abaxially puberulent when young, adaxially glabrous, base cordate or subcordate, entire or sparsely dentate in upper part, apex acuminate or acute. Inflorescence a thyrse, to 50 cm, hairy. Flowers dense. Sepals pink,
petaloid, ca. 6 mm. Petals pink, shorter than sepals, 1-cucullate, yellow at apex, shorter than others. Androgynophore long, hairy. Ovary globose, hairy, usually only 1 ovule developed in each locule; style glabrous. Capsule broadly pyriform to almost globose, 5-angled, 1-1.7 cm, greenish pink when mature, pendulous. Seeds globose, 1.5-2 mm in diam., black or dark brown. Fl. Mar-Jul.

Hilly or montane forests. Hainan, Taiwan [throughout tropical Africa, Asia, Australia].


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