Sterculia Alata Seeds
This large, dry deciduous tree to 30 m or more tall with a buttressed trunk is found as an emergent species in disturbed, evergreen forests from India to Burma and Malaysia. The large, woody fruits can reach 12 cm in diameter and open along one side to release up to 40 edible seeds. In cultivation it is best suited to the tropics.
Quantity: 20 grams pack.
Buddha Coconut is a tall tree, which gets is name from its coconut like fruit.
Leaves are carried on 3-10 cm long stalks, crowded towards the ends of branches.Leaves are blade broadly ovate-heartshaped, 10-25 cm long, 7-15 cm broad, wavy, smooth, pointed or tapering.
Flowers are borne in small, few-flowered racemes. Flowers are 1-1.5 cm across, on 2-3 mm long stalks. Flowers have no petals, sepals are 5, nearly free, linear-lance- shaped or elliptic, 1.2-1.5 cm long, 3-4 mm broad, fleshy, densely ferruginous pubescent outside, sparsely pubescent and purple with red streaks within. Anthers in male flowers are united into 1-2 mm broad head on 4-6 mm long staminal column. In bisexual flowers sessile anthers are arranged in clusters of 4 or 5 in the sinuses formed by the carpels. Carpels are 5;ovaries sessile, 2-3 mm long, pubescent; style recurved.
Fruit is large, woody, 7-12 cm in diameter, obliquely round. Seeds are about 40 per follicle, oblong, compressed, in 2 rows, winged. In India, seeds are eaten, and plant used medicinally.