Sterculia versicolor Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 1: 48 1830. (syn: Clompanus versicolor Wall. ex Kuntze; Southwellia versicolor Wall. ex Wight);

Myanmar [Burma] (Ayeyarwady, Bago, Rakhine), India (Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland,
as per Catalogue of Life ;

MS Nov.2014/009 Sterculia sp. for ID : 13 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
Location : Rawpuichhip, Mizoram
Date : 13/03/2014 (Fruits) & Sept./13 (Fl.)
Habit : Tree
Habitat : Wild

nice but whole tree?\ bark and the leaf in its entirety?

Is it not Sterculia foetida ?

Yes …, I think so.

Sterculia foetida

Not S. foetida. Could be Sterculia lanceolata

As per GRin & Tropicos, Sterculia lanceolata Cav. does not have range in India

Is it Sterculia versicolor ?

As per MMPND, Sterculia versicolor is a syn. of Sterculia villosa Roxb.

I do not know Sterculia versicolor which is found in Burma as per FBI. Else it has every feature of Sterculia foetida L.

However, KEY can be found at link 

As per the document above the flowers of S. versicolor are fragrant; flowering and fruiting time March to July.
I couldn’t find details on S. v. fruits so that I can come to any conclusion. Please check the calyx feature as per the KEY in the above document.
We can skip other species of Sterculia.

Boat shaped fruits are very much like S. foetida.

Unless the following features are confirmed, my view is, there is no need to think of S. versicolor

  • inflexed calyx lobes
  • staminal column about 2mm (against 10mm in foetida)
  • peltate-digitate leaves
  • fragrant flowers
  • slightly compressed follicle (against clearly compressed in foetida)
Thank you

Incomplete pictures
no sizing help. Its sterculia

beyond that I am not willing to argue like … has listed features needed to come to a diagnosis….



I’m again attaching herewith another same tree for your kindly rechecking. Location : Aizawl. Date : 30/09/2017. Sterculia versicolor ??

Attachments (3)

I think appears close with Sterculia versicolor as per specimen (fruit may be young)/ illustration at