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Tree to 10 m. Leaves: lamina up to 20 × 20 cm, subcircular in outline, palmately 3-5-lobed, with a linear fissure 5-10 mm long on the mid-vein beneath; stellate-pubescent to nearly glabrous above, stellate-tomentose to -pubescent beneath; base cordate; apex usually blunt or rounded; margin entire. Flowers c. 6 cm in diameter, yellow or purplish with dark purple or dark red centre. Epicalyx teeth 9-10, up to 12 mm, caducous. Calyx c.10 mm. Fruit a capsule, up to 4 × 3 cm, subspherical to broadly ellipsoid or ovoid, glutinous. Seeds c. 10 × 7 mm, hemispheric, with a brownish woolly floss.


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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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