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Genus: Sterculia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Malvaceae

Formerly in Sterculiaceae. About 300 species worldwide, found mainly in tropics. Five species are native to southern Africa and a further species is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Sterculia africana

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Sterculia alexandri


Sterculia appendiculata

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Sterculia murex


Sterculia quinqueloba

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Sterculia rogersii

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Sterculia foetida (Java olive)

Native from tropical Africa to Australia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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