Sterculia apetala (Jacq.) Karst., Fl. Columb. 2: 35 (1862) (syn: Clompanus apetala (Jacq.) Kuntze, Helicteres apetala Jacq., Sterculia carthaginensis Cav.);
Florida to S. Tropical America: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles as per POWO;

Sterculia sps: 7 correct images
Swamy/New series/ID/89  – Tree ID –  Sterculia sps?
Dear members,
I am attaching herewith a few photographs of a tree for ID. Photographed in Chennai. For me this one looks like a species of Sterculia: S. apetala. Please confirm or suggest the proper ID.

POWO does not give its distribution.
Also could not find its reporting in India.
Fruits and flowers in the 1st two images look different.
Are there two sets of trees?

Yes. I also checked. You are correct.
I will check with the sender and get back to you as soon as possible regarding the pictures posted.

Fruit image in particular look doubtful.

This is what the sender of the photographs said on referring your query  :
“Flowers are from same tree. Looked like the tree had fallen and so one branch is on the ground and looks like a clump style tree. From the main point this tall tree of 40 feet is towering the canopy.
Tree is in theosophical society.  
Fallen fruit may or may not be from this tree. Did not look like any other big tree around so  I assumed it is from this tree.
There are a few flowers on the tree so will wait for a few months to see how they turn out.”
For kind perusal.

In the communication justnow received the sender says

“This is the tree to give an idea and the branch /trunk running on the floor had these leaves in close up.”
Photo attached.
1 image.

The tree is in Theosophical society campus, Adyar Chennai.  
I am sure the Id suggested by me is correct. A this tree has been planted/ introduced an isolated case the POWO cannot recognise its distribution. This international campus has many exotic trees/ plants planted by foreign visitors from various countries. This tree, also, has been planted by a foreign visitor decades back.
Furthermore, the tree has been recorded by one of the distinguished taxonomists of Chennai as S.apetala, located in Theosophical society.
For your kind information.

OK. Agree.


Swamy/ 2023/ 103 – Sterculia apetala: 6 high res. images.
I am forwarding herewith the photos received from Chennai. Photographed last week. My ID is Sterculia apetala.


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