African Plant Database

Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori
Family : Sterculiaceae
Protologue : Agric. Colon. 5(Suppl.): 37 (1911)
Information on the genus : Sterculia
Basionym : Triphaca africana Lour.
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori var. africana
 Sterculia triphaca R. Br.
 Triphaca africana Lour. (1790)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Sterculia ipomeifolia Garcke
=Sterculia guerichii K. Schum. (1894)
=*Sterculia tomentosa auct. sensu Sim
=Sterculia africana var. socotrana (K. Schum.) Fiori
Taxon infra-specific
Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori var. africana
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 7-10(-25) m tall, with a stout trunk 0,6-1 m , somewhat resembling that of the baobab; primary branches stiff and very stout; bark peeling in papery flakes; flowers appearing before the leaves.
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Ecology : Acacia, Acacia-Commiphora and Acacia-Terminalia woodland and bushland on gravelly to stony soil; often on rocky slopes and lava-flows or on the top of rocky outcrops; 1-1775 m alt.
  E Sudan, N Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti; – S Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, E Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Caprivi Strip.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Sterculiaceae : 18 (2007).
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 2: 112 (2000).
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Record n°148927 modified 2009-06-24
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