Fremontodendron californicum (Torr.) Coville

Shrub or small tree to about 5 m tall or more. Leaves 1-3(-7) cm long on short side shoots, entire to 3(-5) lobed and veined, densely felty hairy below. Flowers clear yellow 3.5 to 6 cm wide on spur like side-shoots, the petal-like sepals with a basal hairy nectary; late spring to early summer. Capsule ovoid to about 3 cm long. [Fremontia californica Torr.]

California, W Arizona, N Baja California

Leaves densely hairy below, flowers large and showy, more than 3 cm wide.

VIC: Beechworth (Mayday Hills Hospital).


F. mexicanum Davidson differs in having larger flowers 6-9 cm wide on the main shoots not on spurs, leaves that are 5-7 veined from the base, and seeds shiny not dull; these two species are sometimes confused, the latter being more showy.

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.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Fremontodendron Coville