Shrub Sterculia
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Shrub Sterculia
ative Photo: Jis Sebastian
Common name: Shrub Sterculia, Scarlet Shower • Adi: Tayam • Mizo: Tlingi-leh-ngama-inchhawlthuaina
Botanical name: Sterculia lanceolata var. coccinea    Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Synonyms: Sterculia coccinea, Sterculia hamiltonii, Sterculia indica

Shrub Sterculia is a shrub that will generally go unnoticed unless it happens to be flowering or fruiting. The shrub is spindly with large spirally arranged leaves. The stems are thickened at the top near the base of the leaf - this feature is common to many species in Mallow family. Flowers are creamish white, curious looking. Sepals are linear-lanceshaped, as long as the sepal tube, tips long-pointed, curving in and joining to form a cage-like flower. Seed-pods are red, oblong-ovate, 1-4-seeded, thickly leathery, apex beaked. Seeds are black-brown, ellipsoid or oblong. Shrub Sterculia is found in NE India and SE Asia, at altitudes of 300-1100 m.

Identification credit: Ritesh Choudhary Photographed in Assam & Arunachal Pradesh.

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