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Family: STERCULIACEAE* 

 Firmiana simplex
 
  
Author:  William Franklin Wight 1909
Family:  Sterculiaceae*
Habitat:  China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  35 Centimetres
Height:  16 Metres
Flower:  Light Greenish Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Chinese Parasol-Tree, Japanese Varnish-Tree, Phoenix-Tree,  
Synonyms:  Hibiscus simplex Carl Linné 1763.  Sterculia platanifolia Linné f. 1782. Sterculia urens Roxb. 1795. Firmiana platanifolia Schott & Endl 1832. Kavalama urens Raf 1838.

 

   This member of the Sterculiaceae* family was given this name by William Franklin Wight  in 1909. It is found in China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, growing in a drained soil with quite some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 35 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 16 metres in height. The flowers are light greenish yellow.

*This family might been incorporated in the Malvaceae family now, as sub-family: Sterculioideae, tribe: Sterculieae.