Sterculia balanghas L.

 
  • Family : STERCULIACEAE
    (Sterculia Or Cocoa Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : COCOA FAMILY
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : MALVACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Vernacular name : Narthondi, Pavizhathondi (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous forests, sacred groves in the plains
  • Key identification features : Medium-sized tree, bark white; follicles ovoid orange-scarlet
  • Flower, Fruit : December-August
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Thrissur district, Kottayam district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Maharashtra : Sindhudurg district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district, Tiruchirapalli district, Tirunelveli district
  • World Distribution : Indo-Malesia
  • Literature : N.P. Sing & S. Karthikeyan 2000. Flora of Maharashtra vol 1; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Sterculia balanghas. Downloaded on 19 October 2021.

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