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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Stereospermum (Greek, hard seed). Bignoniaceae. About 12 species of tropical evergreen trees in Afr. and E. India, with handsome once- or twice-pinnate foliage and large bignonia-like fls., pale yellow or rose-colored to purple, in large and loose terminal panicles; calyx campanulate, 2-5-lobed or 5-toothed; corolla funnelform-campanulate, with round crisped or toothed lobes; stamens 4, included; disk cupulate: caps. terete or 4-angled, 2-valved; seeds in 2 rows, with the thick nutlets deeply impressed in the thick spongy septum. Only the following species seems to be in cult. S. suaveolens, DC. Tree, 30-60 ft.: lvs. simply pinnate, 12-18 in. long; lfts. 7-9, broadly elliptic, acuminate or acute, entire or serrulate, hairy while young, about 5 in. long: panicle many-fld., viscous-pubescent: calyx campanulate, with 3-5 short lobes; corolla 1 1/2 in. long, pale or dark purple, puberulous outside, with crenately crisped lobes: caps. 18 in. long. India.— Adapted for tropical or subtropical regions only and prop. by seeds or cuttings, also by air-layering.

S. sinicum, Hance - Radermachia sinica. CH

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