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Photo by Mats Thulin.

Author:  L. J. Dorr & Lisa C. Barnett, 1990
Origin:  Somali Republic
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  1 Meter
Height:  10 Meters
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Sterculiaceae* family was described by Laurence J. Dorr and Lisa Ceryle Barnett in 1990. It is found in Somalia, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The stem will grow to one meter or more in diameter, and reach ten meters or more in height. The flowers are red.

The genus is named for Saint Hildegard of Bingen due to her contributions to herbal medicine. The species name after Jan Bevington Gillett,1911-1995, a leading researcher in tropical African botany.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Sterculiaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.