IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR)
Hildegardia populifolia Schott & Endl., Melet. Bot. 33 1832.
Endemic to the Eastern Ghats in Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Hildegardia populifolia : 3 posts by 3 authors.
has somebody seen and photographed nice thickstemmed tree Hildegardia/ Sterculia/ populifolia of Tamil Nadu resp. Orissia?
Here is a link of this critically endangered species from tropical dry evergreen forest of the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nada and Andhra Pradesh: http://www.malvaceae.Hildegardia.php
22092017BHAR – Critically Endangered species needs confirmation : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 5 MB
Bought this sapling from Auroville Botanical garden.
Need confirmation for below species:
It is not possible to tell this apart from Thespesia populnea or any other taxon with similar kind of leaves, based on this single vegetative image only.
Thank you very much for your reply.
You are correct. Even I thought of Thespesia populnea.
Another problem here: it is endemic to particular region only. So, many people are not aware of it.
I will try my level best in identifying through leaves.
Was this name (Hildegardia populifolia) mentioned by them ?
Yes. The name was given by them only. I got the details how to differentiate it: The stem will be in more green color than that of Thespesia populnea.
Hildegardia populifolia : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Hildegardia populifolia : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 2 Mb.
It is a threatened species. Just about 20 trees are known to exist on the eastern slopes of the Kalrayana Hills. Critically Endangered (IUCN 2.3).
Hildegardia populifolia: 1 high res. image.
Seeds and seed pod.
Thiruvannamalai district TN.
References: IUCN Red List (CR) BSI Flora of India The Plant List Ver.1.1 (Unresolved) India Biodiversity Portal Wikipedia Malvaceae Info: Hildegardia Notes