Family: Sterculiaceae - Cacao family
Growth Habit: Tree
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Bola
English Name: Tree antigonan
Evergreen, bushy tree up to 20m tall, with a dense rounded crown and upright pink sprays of flowers and fruits. Bole forking low, developing many suckers when old. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules fusiform to lizear, about 8 mm long inflorescence a terminal, loose panicle protruding from the crown flowers about 5mm wide, pale pink to yellow. Fruit a rounded, 5-lobed, membranous capsule, 2-2.5cm in diameter, loculicidally dehiscent, each locule 1-2 seeded. Seed globose, whitish, waxy, exalbuminous.
Unripe fruit is edible and directly eaten by hand. When the fruit is ripe they contains gum which is used in household glue.
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