Sterculia guttata Roxb., Fl. Ind. ed. 1832 3: 148 1832.;

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TSPDEC2015-12-185: Images of Sterculia guttata (Malvaceae) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Sterculia guttata (Malvaceae 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest 

Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1600 msl 

Date: 12-03-2015, 27-11-2015 and 03-12-2015

very nice.  year round study.

Pls ID this tree.180914-RT-1 :  2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Place- Paravur; Cochin.
Height-tree of medium height.
Habitat-wild or planted; not sure.
Leaves-also have purplish hue.

Fruits-not seen at the time.

This may be Sterculia guttata

Thanks …

ANSEPT43 Please identify this Sterculia sp. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
13th September 2014

Sterculia guttata Roxb. ex G.Don

Sterculia guttata



Streculia spec. which one? : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Jan 15, Massive tree of sterculia species.. Nilgiris, 1100 MSL.
Not commonly seen tree in this area. Seed pod more rounded.
Please id the same

Sterculia gutata Roxb., (= Sterculia guttata Roxb. ex G.Don)

identification no 240215Swagat1 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Request for ID
Date: 19th Feb 2015
Location: Tikaleshwar, Dist. Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Habitat: Wild
Big Tree

… could be Sterculia guttata.

Yes, a common tree in Maharashtra.

Malvaceae Fortnight: Sterculia guttata from Coimbatore-BRSJULY06/06 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Sharing the images of Sterculia guttata from Coimbatore.

Sharing few photographs of Sterculia guttata.
Location: Enroute Siddhagad (Murbad region, Maharashtra).
Date/Time: 14-01-2013
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Tree


Malvaceae Fortnight :: Sterculia guttata fruits ::Karnataka :: PKAJUL58: : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)
I had seen this fruit in forest near Chikmaglur (Karnataka).
Bot. name: Sterculia guttata



Sterculia guttata:
Sharing few photographs of Sterculia guttata.
Location: Enroute Siddhagad (Murbad region, Maharashtra).
Date/Time: 14-01-2013
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Tree

Apratim !!! very beautiful snap

Beautiful. All Sterculia flowers have some similarity yet some uniqueness which is nicely picked up here.

Fine art of nature displayed by your efforts. Thanks for showing this beauty.

Requesting to please provide ID confirmation of the attached Sterculia guttata captured in Hiranandani Heritage Gardens, Powai, Mumbai in January 2013.
ID provided by … in the following post consisting 2 different pics of 2 different trees, so there is some confusion….
Have I marked the right pic against the right name?

Requesting ID of this tree – Mumbai :18072013 : ARK-03 : January 2013 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Requesting to please ID this tree captured in Hiranandani Heritage Gardens, Powai, Mumbai in January 2013.

You seem to have sent photographs of 2 different trees here – Cassia fistula [Bahava, Amaltas] & Sterculia guttata [Kukar, Goldhar]. The same also hold true for your previous mail [ie. the photographs are of 2 different trees]. Please check.

Sterculia gattata Roxb : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Date/Time- /23/09/2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Cherrupuzha, Kannur dt around 300m

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild tree in the river bank

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Tree

Height/Length-30 ft

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 15-20 x 6-8 cm

Inflorescence Type/ Size-terminal spikes

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 1.5 cm

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-:

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-Fruit woody capsule

Sterculia guttata


Fruit For ID- 01032014-PKA-March-01 : Attachments (4). 8 posts by 6 authors.
I had seen this fruit in forest near Chikmaglur (Karnataka). Would like to know what it is….

what about sterculia lanceolata

Very beautiful fruit and seeds.. really interesting, thanks …

Sterculia guttata Roxb. ex G.Don
Could you taste those seeds, Prashanth ?

Thanks … for the ID. No i did not taste those seeds..

Sterculia guttata known as Kaavalam കാവളം in Malayalam.
The seeds are edible.


ID please : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
I need a ID for this one. Its a pic of a sapling of a tree, and the fruits are preferred by Hornbills. Found in the Nother Western ghats (Maharashtra). Unfortunately i don’t have much information on this.

Any Ficus sp. I think

This is Sterculia guttata locally called Kukar/ Goldhar. Please check the archives of this group for my photographs of this.

Sterculia guttata—-for sharing and validation : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
pics taken at Aambyvalley Rd., Lonavala, Pune in dec.16

I think matches with images at Sterculia guttata


Today at Kanakeshwar:
Today at Kanakeshwar
1  Sterculia gutata
Local marathi name: Kokaru
2  Cansjera rheedii
Local Marathi name: Lahan Deepmal

the second plant is Ventilago maderaspatana of Rhamnaceae, Lokhandi in marathi.

Malvaceae week :: Sterculia guttata:
Sterculia guttata Roxb.
stur-KEW-lee-uh — from the Latin stercus (manure or dung)
goo-TAH-tuh — spotted
[image: Sterculia guttata]<>
Feb 19, 2011 at Dodhani near Matheran, Maharashtra
commonly known as: spotted sterculia … … common names not gathered
Native of: India

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Feb 19, 2011 at Dodhani near Matheran, Maharashtra
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Feb 19, 2011 at Dodhani near Matheran, Maharashtra
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Malvaceae Week: Sterculia Villosa ID (MW-AR17):
(ID confirmation reqd. Will write/ fill the plant desc later,.)

eflora discussion link on the same efi thread
Kallar river bed, Kallar forest, Ponmudi, Kerala
Dec 2008

Not familiar with this genus, but two things look unusual A few leaves seen in third photograph has entire leaves, whereas S. villosa has 5-lobed leaves. The fruits appear to be single, S. villosa generally has 5 follicles stellately arranged.
Could it be a species belonging to group with simple leaves and fewer follicles, sometimes reduced to one These fruits look similar to one I had photographed from California. I am uploading them separately.

Could this be Sterculia guttata ?

I was also tempted to call it S. guttata based on FBI, and with 1-4 follicles, but held back as I don’t have much knowledge of this genus.

I am familiar with the location. Sterculia guttata trees are usually found along the river bed there. So I assume the picture could be of Sterculia guttata.

Just checked the mail. Leaves are seen in photographs 2 & 3. If they belong to the same tree, then it is obviously Sterculia guttata.

yes look like S. guttata, pods turn orange-red in colour on maturity.

I too think that this is Sterculia guttata.
A common species of the genus Sterculia in Ponmudi- Bonacaud-Schendaruni area.

Got some more pictures of the same tree (Sterculiaceae guttata member) with leaves, trunk, fruits and a large water snake-probably a checkered keelback peeping out of the rock crevice under the tree root.
Tree large, trunk 3-5 meters, Bark white,
Leaves – ~Heart shaped, ~Ovate, ~acute, 12cms approx. Very few leaves here and there in the tree branches.
No flowers, 
Fruits- Hundreds, Approx 15 in a cluster.
Habitat: River side, near rocky bed
Family Sterculiaceae,
Kallar, Western ghats, Kerala

Affirmative for both – Sterculia guttata [Kukar, Goldhar] & Xenochropis piscator [the Checkered Keelback].

Request Tree ID 096 – Lalbagh, Bangalore – RA:
Is it Sterculia guttataSpotted Sterculia?

Sterculia indeed. I haven’t seen S.guttata but I think you are right as it doesn’t look like S.foetida or S.villosa either


efloraindia:311011 BRS 101:
Pl. find the attached file contain photo of Sterculia guttata flowering from NBNP garden. Anaikatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Please check whether this is S. balaghans.

I think … is right, it is Sterculia guttata Roxb. ex DC.
In S. balanghas leaves elliptic -oblong and base obtuse or rounded.
But in the posted image leaves show a oblong-ovate to obovate nature and more over base is subcordate with acuminate apex. It is the typical charcter of S. guttata

Affirmative. This is Sterculia guttata. My photographs for comparison are available at this link 

Looks like Sterculia guttata for me


Sterculia guttata:
Sterculia guttata

confused to put it under Sterculiaceae family of Malvaceae ?
Matheran, Maharashtra
Feb., 2012
Western Ghats & Sri Lanka endemic


Dear members,:
please help me in identifying this Fruit Tree taken at matheran 12/11/2012

… looks like Sterculia guttata (family Malvaceae, also placed in Sterculiaceae).
Please wait for comments.

Yes, I agree with … Sterculia guttata. The fruits are still unripe – the follicles will turn bright red.

Affirmative. This is Sterculia guttata locally called Kukar / Goldhar. Please check this link for my photographs of the fruit and the flowers

via Species‎ > ‎S‎ > ‎  Sterculia guttata Roxb. … (family: Malvaceae, also placed in Sterculiaceae)
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
stur-KEW-lee-uh — named after the Latin god Sterculius … Dave’s Botanary
goo-TAH-tuh — spotted … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: bloody drop ordure tree, spotted sterculiaAssamese: ¿ হিৰিখ ? hirikhHindi: ¿ हिरिक ? hirikKannada: ಹೇಲ್ ತಾರೆ hel taare, ಹುಲಿ ತೊರಡು ಮರ huli toradu maraKonkani: कुकर kukarMalayalam: കാവളം kavalam, പീനാറി peenariMarathi: गोलदडा goldada, कुकर kukarTamil: கழுதைவிடை kalutaivitai, காவலம் kavalam, பீ pi, தொண்டி tonti
botanical names: Sterculia guttata Roxb. … synonyms: no synonym known
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Photographed at CBD Hills, Navi Mumbai on 26 NOV 11

Flora of Kaiga_ID_27012012 PJ1:
Date/Time-: 22/01/12 11:20
Location-Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- TREE

These are the flowers & fruit of Sterculia guttata locally called Kukar or Goldhar. [The leaves featured are of another tree]. My photographs of this are in the archives of this group.

Sterculia guttata—-for sharing and validation : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Pictures taken at Aambyvalley Rd., Off Lonavala, Pune in Jan.17.

yes … sterculia guttata
i just saw one in gujarat in february
the reddish orangish leaf was drawing attention and there were the tell tale fruits with black “badam” inside


181 ID wild plant: 15 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 19.10.2021, 02.30pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: tree, erect, branches, woody, velvety young bark, long lasting
Height: up to 12 meters
Leaves: alternate, ovate, apex, velvety either sides, size:22×15cm or less
Flower: racemose inflorescences, clustered, diameter:19mm, purple, bad/strange smell
Fruit: tri/quadra pear shaped, green into brown, size:15×8×8cm
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Check Sterculia guttata

Yes, it is, …, thank you very much for ID my plant,


Sterculia Sp for id confirmation_kankumbhi forest_Karnataka: 3 images.

This tree was observed at Kankumbhi forest area, in a river valley.
Looks like Sterculia Guttata.
birds were feeding on the fruit.
These are very long shots. I do not have close up pictures.
Hope Id can be confirmed with these.

Yes !