Sterculia rogersii – Star Chestnut (plant)
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Sterculia rogersii can be found growing naturally in the low-veld of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, as well as Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Africa. It prefers low dry bush-veld, usually in rocky river gorges or on dry rocky outcrops. The bark of this tree is known to provide a good quality fiber. This fiber can then be used to weave fishing nets and as a thread for sowing articles such as sleeping mats. The seeds of the Star Chestnut are edible, but the hair surrounding the seeds irritates the skin. The dried pods are used by some as decorations on Christmas trees – either in their natural colour or painted. From Plantz Africa.
Can also be trained as a succulent bonsai due to the large tuber it develops from an early age.
Care and Cultivation of Sterculia rogersii
Sterculia rogersii is a drought tolerant, beautiful and hardy species suitable for most gardens. Likes a full sun position in a well drained soil. Deciduous in most areas. Can be kept as a succulent bonsai.
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