Sterculiaceae (Malvaceae), Sterculia africana, Qawureta (Konsogna) – Kenya

  Below are some photos I just took of Sterculia africana (Syn. Triphaea africana), also known as Qawureta (Konsogna), Mopopaja tree, and African Star Chestnut. The Sterculiaceae (Malvaceae, Bombacaceae) family is […]

Bombacaceae (Malvaceae), Adansonia digitata, Boabab

Baobab. This is the most widespread of the Adansonia species. I took these photos on the Kenyan coast. Other common names for Baobab include: boab, boaboa, bottle tree, upside-down tree, […]

Malvaceae, Hau tree – Baja sur, Mexico

I photographed this tree and collected seeds last week at my friend Gabriel Howearth’s botanical garden, Buena Fortuna, located in Southern Baja (just up the East cape from San Jose […]

Bombaceae (Malvaceae), Adansonia digitata, Baobab, Muyu (Chonyu), Mbuyu (Swahili, Digo), Muramba (Embu)

Note: For more photos see this subsequent post on A. digitata. The Baobab appears to be a somewhat disproportional tree, with a massive trunk and gnarled, twisting branches. The fruit […]

Malvaceae, Hibiscus acetosella, cranberry hibiscus – Panama

Also known as ‘False Roselle’, this species, related to tree cotton, bele, and saril, has striking edible red leaves. Cranberry hibiscus is nematode and insect resistant and does well in sandy […]