Thespesia populneoides, Fam. Malvaceae
Small tree to about 10m. Thespesia from 'thespesios' divine or sacred, referring to the plant growing around sacred places in Tahiti and populneoides after Populas the popular tree and '-oides' resembling, referring to the similar leaves.
|Form or habit:||Small tree|
Simple, both sides densely dotted with rusty scales, 4-20 x 4-15cm, petioles 5-10cm long.
Yellow, Red, Purple
|Flower description:||Large, solitary, axillary, five petalled, yellow flowers with dark red or purple bases, 5-6.5cm long. Old flowers become completely reddish. February to June.|
|Fruit description:||Brown many seeded nut, 2 x 2.5-4.5cm, dotted with copper scales (visible with a lens), four to six-valved. May to September.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New Guinea, Malesia, Asia.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Malesia, Asia.|
|Information sources:||Cooper W. (2004) Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest.|