Hairy Sterculia   
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Hairy Sterculia
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Hairy Sterculia • Assamese: Udal • Bengali: Udal • Hindi: Katira, God-gudala, Udal • Kannada: Bilidale, savaya, anenar • Khasi: Dieng star • Malayalam: vakka, cavali, chavuthi, shavoodee • Manipuri: hei-rit • Marathi: Sardol, kardul, gulkhandar, saykhand • Mizo: khaupui • Oriya: khaupui, kodali • Tamil: kottaithanuku, muruthan, vakkainar • Telugu: kummaripoliki, gugai
Botanical name: Sterculia villosa    Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)

Hairy Sterculia is a medium sized, native to India. Leaves, carried on 25-40 cm long stalks, are palmately 5-7-lobed, 20-40 cm long and broad, heart-shaped at the base, lobes somewhat oblong or obovate entire or 3-fid. Flowers are borne in panicles 15-30 cm long, rusty velvety, pendulous. Flowers are unisexual, with stalks 4-8 mm long. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 5-partite, 6-10 mm long, 10-15 mm across, yellow with pinkish throat. Sepals are lance-shaped, 4-6 mm long, pointed. The column of stamens is 4-5 mm long, recurved, anthers 10. Seed-pods are 5, stalkless, 4-6 cm long, leathery, rusty pubescent, many-seeded, red when ripe. Seeds oblong, smooth, black. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: J. M. Garg
Photographed at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal.
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