Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori var. africana


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Sterculia africana var africana

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Family: Sterculiaceae
Full name: Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori var. africana
Location: C14 Kuiseb pass (2315BD)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Afrikaanse sterkastaiing, Bosluisboom
English common name(s): African star-chestnut, Tick tree
Synonym(s): -
Status: Native
Description: Medium sized tree with a stout trunk. Bark smooth silvery-grey, often mottled with purple-brown, peeling. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, broadly ovate-cordate in outline, variously 3-5- lobed. Flowers in compact terminal panicles, greenish-yellow with reddish guide lines, appearing before the leaves; sexes separate on the same tree. Fruit consisting of 1-5 beaked carpels, each splitting down one side, golden velvety on the outside; mouth fringed with highly irritant hairs, which protect the blue-black, tick-like seeds. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iSpot:  172276  234478  234479  234480 
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 13 Jun 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.8
Shutter speed: 1/250 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jul 2014


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