Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Sterculiaceae - Sterculia family

Wild, H. (1960-1) Sterculiaceae FZ 1(2)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or trees. Stipules usually present. Leaves usually alternate, simple or digitately compound. Flowers bisexual, unisexual or polygamous, actinomorphic. Calyx ± divided into (usually 5) lobes. Epicalyx bracts usually present. Petals usually 5, hypogynous or 0. Stamens 5-many, staminodes sometimes present. Anthers 2-thecous. Ovary superior, 2-5-locular or with 2-5 ± coherent carpels which separate in fruit.

Comment: According to the most recent taxonomic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG-III), this family is now included in Malvaceae. As this new concept still appears to be highly controversial we will remain to treat it as a separate family until further information is available.

Worldwide: 67 genera and 1500 species, mostly tropical and warm areas but a few temperate.

Zimbabwe: 8 genera and 33 taxa.

Waltheria indica

More sample images from the Sterculiaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Hermannia depressa

Hermannia depressa

Waltheria indica

Waltheria indica

Sterculia africana

Sterculia africana

Cola greenwayi

Cola greenwayi

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Cola Schott & Endl.Description, Image
Dombeya Cav.Description, Image
Hermannia L.Description, Image
Melhania Forssk.Description, Image
Melochia L.Description, Image
Sterculia L.Description, Image
Triplochiton K.Schum.Description, Image
Waltheria L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Sterculiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sterculiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Sterculiaceae | cultivated Sterculiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Sterculiaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sterculiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Sterculiaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=213, retrieved 23 August 2014

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