Botanical name: Sterculia apetala Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Synonyms: Sterculia carthaginensis, Clompanus apetala, Helicteres apetala
Panama Tree is a deciduous tree with trunk straight, cylindrical, and large buttresses at the base, 20-40 m. Leaves are alternate, palmate with five lobes, and cluster densely at the end of branches. Including the leaf-stalk, leaf is 15-50 cm. Flowers are purple and yellow, and have five sepals, and no petals, 2.5-3.5 cm across, unisexual. Fruits are made up of up to 5 follicles, stemming from flower-cluster-stalks that can reach as long as 30 cm. Inside the follicles are seeds, as well as orange stinging hairs that may cause pain when touched. Panama Tree is native to Panama to S. Tropical America, rarely cultivated in India. Flowering: December-March.
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