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Thespesia acutiloba

Tulip Tree (english)
Wildetulpboom (afrikaans)
Ibicongo (zulu)

Taxonomy:

Family MALVACEAE
Genus Thespesia
Specie acutiloba
SA Plant Number 465
Basionym Thespesia acutiloba

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Description:

Thespesia acutiloba is a hardy, semi deciduous small tree or large shrub with large, decorative, ivy-like leaves. From November to May it bears beautiful, big, lemon-yellow flowers, which close in the afternoon. It was from the beautiful flowers that the common name ‘Tulip Tree’ arose. Large, fleshy red fruits are borne on stout stems and attract birds. An interesting and beautiful small tree. Plant in shade or semi-shade in compost rich soil. The wood is used to make musical instruments and the tree is also used medicinally. Size 3 to 4m

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KwaZulu Natal

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