Sparmannia africana. AFRICAN LINDEN. Africa, Madagascar
A tall evergreen shrub with tropical appearance and multiple
canes of insubstantial wood that begins flowering by late January. The flowers,
almost 2 inches across, have five white petals around a yellow center. The light
green leaves vary in size up to a hand span across and in shape have a variable
number of lobes, up to seven. The edge has blunt serrations and the base is cordate.
Not noticeably furry to the eye, the leaves nevertheless have a distinctly velvety
feel. The floral center has a trigger mechanism for actively pressing pollen onto
visiting insects. Two specimens are to the right of the steps leading up to Cummings
Art Building from Lasuen Mall.
TILIACEAE (Linden family)
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