Malvaceae week 0905 9112011 UD 23 Kleihovia hospita
Subfamily : Sterculiaceae
Species: K. hospita
Binomial name Kleinhovia hospital L.
I first discovered this native of SE asia in the Horticulture garden.. hort as we kids called it… it used to be the edge of the carriage drive, now a black topped car park… it was small them.. now its almost 50 feet tall.. if I want a full photo I would need to stitch at least 3 frames… phew.. so I ‘ll just show you the top third to so and absolute bottom…. To heck with the middle… J…
Flower buds are very small about 7 to 8 mm long… when open they are about a cm in diameter, seed pods about 2-3 cms across, papery .. seeds inside do not know much about them because the fallen pods do not seem to have anything inside … and have not torn any from the tree to tell you about.
The leaves are very large, the largest I have found on this tree were about 10 inches long and 9 inches across.
The sprouts new shoots from it base…
This tree is somewhat popular in Kolkata for street planting… do not know if KMC is planting them or individual home owners plant a tree or two of their choice in front of their homes… they used to in decades past… do not know now… it grows tall so not a shade tree ….
Not mentioned in Ayurveda or Ethnobotany of Bengal… so may not be well known yet.. but in SE asia it is used for killing lice , they apply leaf juice… has cyanogenic properties…