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Photo by Olaf Pronk, Madagascar, Laurette E.U.R.L

Author:  André J.G.H. Kostermans, 1954
Origin:  Western Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  50 Centimetres
Height:  20 Metres
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Erythropsis erythrosiphon, Ridl.
Sterculia erythrosiphon
Baillion, 1885.
Tarrietia erythrosiphon Hochr. 1926.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon var. alluaudiana, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
var. analamerensis, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
subvar. ankazoabensis, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
var. antsiranensis, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
subsp. dolichocalyx, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
subsp. eriocalyx, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
var. onilahensis, Arčnes.
Hildegardia erythrosiphon
var. urschiana,  Arčnes.

This member of the  Sterculiaceae* family was given this name by André Joseph Guillaume Henri (Ahmad Jahja Goh Hartono) Kostermans in 1954. It is found in the western Madagascar, growing in well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem will grow up to 40 centimetres in diameter and 20 meters high. It tend to be a little too slim by age... The flowers are red.

The genus is named for Saint Hildegard of Bingen due to her contributions to herbal medicine. The species name for the red flowers.

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