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Kleinhovia hospita L.

Group: Dicot
Family: Sterculiaceae - Cacao family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Tree

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Bola

English Name: Tree antigonan

Description of the Plant:

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.

Mode of Uses:

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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