Indian almond Sterculia foetida, from here.

Belongs within: Malvaceae.

The Sterculioideae are a pantropical group of trees and shrubs with apetalous flowers. They were defined by Baum et al. (1998) as a node-based clade including Brachychiton paradoxum, Cola acuminata, Heritiera littoralis and Sterculia foetida. Sterculia species produce leathery (occasionally woody), dehiscent seed pods; the seeds of some species are edible.

Characters (from S. R. Hinsley): Plants typically monoecious. Flowers apetalous (lacking petals), exinvolucellate (lacking an epicalyx), with a fleshy, usually petaloid, gamosepalous (fused) calyx, an absence of staminodes, a monadelphous staminal column, an androgynophore (a stalk separating the calyx from the stamens and styles), and apocarpous (i.e. separated) ovaries and fruits.

<==Sterculioideae BAN98
    |--Cola BAN98
    |    |--C. acuminata BAN98
    |    `--C. lizae FGN07
    |--Heritiera BAN98
    |    |--H. actinophylla [=Argyrodendron actinophyllum] H90
    |    |--H. littoralis BAN98
    |    `--H. simplicifolia W01
    |--Sterculia JD05
    |    |--S. bidwilli C16
    |    |--S. diversifolia C08
    |    |--S. foetida BAN98
    |    |--S. guttata S02
    |    |--S. labrusca JD05
    |    |--S. lanceolata L02
    |    |--S. quadrifida VT13
    |    |--S. religiosa YZ02
    |    |--S. rupestris C16
    |    |--S. urens P03
    |    `--S. villosa CMT06
    `--Brachychiton BAN98
         |--B. acerifolius B00
         |--B. acuminatus MLP09
         |--B. australis B00
         |--B. carruthersii C78
         |--B. discolor B88
         |--B. diversifolius VT13
         |--B. fitzgeraldianus VT13
         |--B. gregorii G04
         |--B. incanus VT13
         |--B. paradoxum BAN98
         |--B. populneus PM10
         |    |--B. p. ssp. populneus H90
         |    `--B. p. ssp. trilobus H90
         |--B. tridentatus VT13
         |--B. tubersulatus VT13
         |--B. viridiflorus VT13
         |--B. viscidulus VT13
         `--B. xanthophyllus VT13

*Type species of generic name indicated


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