Fremontodendron Coville


Commemorating John C Frémont, western explorer; Greek dendron—tree.

Evergreen trees and shrubs. Inner bark with mucilage. Petals absent. Leaves alternate, entire to 3 -(5-7) lobed, partially deciduous in dry season. Flowers mostly bisexual, solitary on short stalks with 3 basal bracts. Sepals 5, petal-like. Petals 0. Stamens 5, united at the base for about half their length into a tube. Ovary superior, 4-5 chambered, enclosed by filament tube. Fruit densely bristly, persistent capsule with 4-5 valves and chambers, each with 2-3 seeds.

Seed or softwood cuttings.

3 species from SW North America.

Kelman (1991).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Sterculiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
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