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Sterculia Linn., Sp.Pl. 1007. 1753. Gen.Pl.ed.5.438.1754; Benth. & Hook.f., Gen.Pl. 1:217.1862; Masters in Hook.f.,Fl.Brit. Ind. 1:354.1874; Hutch., Gen. Fl. Pl. 2:518.1967.

Deciduous trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or palmately lobed or digitately compound; stipules fugacious. Inflorescence an axillary or terminal panicle or raceme. Flowers unisexual and bisexual on the same plant (plants polygamous) or only unisexual (monoecious), terminal mostly pistillate and precocious, usually actinomorphic, pedicellate. Calyx tubular or campanulate, usually 4-5-lobed. Petals absent. Stamens 10-30, monadelphous into a short or long column. Carpels (3-) 4-5, syncarpous, becoming free in fruit; ovary usually sessile, locules as many as carpels, 2-many ovuled; style with 4-5-lobed or peltate stigma. Fruit an etaerio of stellately spreading, ventrally dehiscent, woody follicles. Seeds 1-many, oblong, brown or velvety black.

A genus of c. 100 species; distributed in tropics and warm temperate regions. Represented in Pakistan by 2, cultivated species.

1 Leaves palmately 5-9-foliolate. Follicles boat-shaped, c. 10 cm long   Sterculia foetida
+ Leaves simple, 5-7-lobed. Follicles not boat-shaped, 4-6 cm long   Sterculia villosa

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