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Species Information

Sterculia murex Hemsl.
(name current 2016)
Lowveld Chestnut


Growth form: Tree
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Other uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Only in South Africa according to PRECIS. However, certain that it occurs in Swaziland but never surveyed.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Sterculia murex - (Umbhaba) Tall handsome deciduous tree. Leaf-stalk up to 18 cm long, with up to nine separate leaflets attached to its tip; leaflets lance-shaped, tapering to both ends with narrow point, velvety, up to 18 cm long X 4S cm wide. Calyx yellowish-brown. Fruit woody with numerous unequal tapering processes on surface; ripe segments spreading wide apart, each up to 10 cm long x 10 cm wide, with few large black seeds.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

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