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Hairy Sterculia   
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Hairy Sterculia
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Hairy Sterculia • Assamese: ওদাল oudal • Garo: ubak • Gujarati: સારડોલ sardol • Khasi: dieng star • Konkani: ¿ सरडोळ ? sardol • Malayalam: വക്ക vakka • Manipuri: ꯍꯩ ꯔꯤꯠ hei-rit • Marathi: सरडोळ sardol • Mizo: khau-pui • Nepali: खावा khava, ओडनी odani • Oriya: କୋଦାଳ kodala • Punjabi: ਮਸੂੱ massu • Tamil: ஆனைநார் anai-nar, வக்குநார் vakku-nar • Telugu: కుమ్మరపొలికి kummarapoliki, కవిలి kavili, నారపొలికి narapoliki, వక్కునార vakkunara Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Sterculia villosa    Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)

Hairy Sterculia is a medium sized, native to India. Leaves, carried on 25-40 cm long stalks, are palmately 5-7-lobed, 20-40 cm long and broad, heart-shaped at the base, lobes somewhat oblong or obovate entire or 3-fid. Flowers are borne in panicles 15-30 cm long, rusty velvety, pendulous. Flowers are unisexual, with stalks 4-8 mm long. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 5-partite, 6-10 mm long, 10-15 mm across, yellow with pinkish throat. Sepals are lance-shaped, 4-6 mm long, pointed. The column of stamens is 4-5 mm long, recurved, anthers 10. Seed-pods are 5, stalkless, 4-6 cm long, leathery, rusty pubescent, many-seeded, red when ripe. Seeds oblong, smooth, black. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal.

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