Pale Sterculia
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Pale Sterculia
ative Photo: Navendu Pāgé
Common name: Pale Sterculia
Botanical name: Firmiana pallens    Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Synonyms: Erythropsis pallens, Sterculia pallens

Pale Sterculia is a deciduous tree native to India. Leaves are 3-5-lobed, 10 cm long, 15 cm broad, with 8-9 cm long velvety stalk. The leaves are velvety on both sides. Flowers are borne in panicles, generally appearing before the leaves. Flower stalk is 3-6 mm long, velvety. Sepal tube, which is the actual visible flower, is pale yellow, 1.5-2 cm long, lobed above the middle, densely glandular hairy outside, hairless and with a brown coloured minute membrane adnate to the base within. The column of stamens are 1-2 cm long, recurved, with 10 anthers, about 2 mm long. Follicles are 5, free, elliptic-ovate, 7-9 cm long, 2.5-3 cm broad. Seed solitary in each follicle, oblong, 1-1.3 cm long, 6-8 mm broad. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé
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