Sterculia rogersii N.E.Br.

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Sterculia rogersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Hot Springs Resort and Odzi R.

Sterculia rogersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Hot Springs Resort and Odzi R.

Sterculia rogersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Hot Springs Resort and Odzi R.

Sterculia rogersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Hot Springs Resort and Odzi R.

Sterculia rogersii

Photo: Alan Gardiner
Tonorai Primary School, nr Birchenough Bridge

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Common names: Small-leaved star-chestnut (English)
Status: Native
Small deciduous tree with a swollen trunk. Bark peeling to reveal a mottled patch work of pale-grey, purple and creamy-green. Leaves fairly small, more or less 3-lobed, broadly ovate in outline, 5-7-veine from the base. Flowers on the old wood and on young branches, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, greenish-yellow, with conspicuous streaks of pink to red, appearing before the leaves. Fruit consisting of 3-5 beaked carpels, each splitting down one side, creamy to pale-brown velvety on the outside; mouth fringed with highly irritant hairs. Seeds black with a white aril.
Derivation of specific name: rogersii: after Rev. Frederick Arundel Rogers (1876-1944), British-born South African missionary, botanist, prolific collector of plants in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, the Belgian Congo and Rhodesia.
Habitat: In hot, dry woodland, particularly in rocky areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jul - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Limpopo, Mpumalanga South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 9 November 2006

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 595. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 717. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 423 - 426. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 260.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 80.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 414 - 415. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 124. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 554. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Sterculia rogersii:

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Flora of Botswana: Sterculia rogersii
Flora of Mozambique: Sterculia rogersii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sterculia rogersii
African Plant Database: Sterculia rogersii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sterculia rogersii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sterculia rogersii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sterculia rogersii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sterculia rogersii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sterculia rogersii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sterculia rogersii
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Sterculia rogersii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sterculia rogersii
Ispot Southern Africa: Sterculia rogersii
JSTOR Plant Science: Sterculia rogersii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sterculia rogersii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sterculia rogersii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Sterculia rogersii
Tropicos: Sterculia rogersii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sterculia rogersii., retrieved 24 April 2019

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