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.
Source: (1997). Sterculiaceae. In: . 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.