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BSI eFlora of India with detailskeys (Volume 3- 1993) (Distribution):
Thespesia danis Oliver in Hook. (India: Tamil Nadu; Tropical Africa)
Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Correa (India: Throughout in coastal regions; often cultivated in interior areas)
Thespesia populneoides (Roxb.) Kostel. (India: Coasts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Myanmar, Indo-China, Malesia, Australia and Africa)
   var. lampas (India: Throughout in evergreen forests particularly on edges; Tropical E. Africa and S. & S.E . Asia)
   var. longisepala Borss. (India: Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Assam and Meghalaya; Malesia)


Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution
(Cav.) Dalz. ex Dalz. & Gibs
Under shrub Western Ghats
& Eastern Ghats
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983; Matthew, 1983
Madurai, Nilgiri, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Viluppuram
Thespesia populnea (L.) Soland ex Correa Large
Coast, also Cultivated
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983


Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Thespesia lampas Azanza lampas, Hibiscus lampas Malvaceae Ban Kapas
Thespesia populnea Malvaceae Indian Tulip Tree

  • Thespesia populnea (Linn.) Sol. ex Corr. (Common in tropical countries)
  • Thespesia populneoides (Roxb.) Kostel. (Coastal parts of the Indian Ocean and its islands, probably introduced in W. Africa, cultivated elsewhere) 

    Species with description & keys in Flora of China [Distribution other than China]: 
    Thespesia lampas (Cavanilles) Dalzell & A. Gibson [India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam; E Africa].
    Thespesia populnea (Linnaeus) Solander ex Corrêa [Cambodia, India, Japan (Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands), Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Africa; widely distributed in the tropics].

    Gardening in India By George Marshall Woodrow, G Marshall (1999)- Details-
    Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)- Details-

    Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998)- Details-

    Flora of Ranga Reddi District Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, M. Silar Mohammed (2000)- Details-

    Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986)- Details-

    Biodiversity in India, Volume 4 edited by T. Pullaiah (2006)- Details-

    Pl. go through Thespesia page with images of species in efloraofindia (done by Bhagyashri ji).

    If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.

    If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), it will be really nice. Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let us know.