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  Pterygota alata
  Family Name : Malvaceae

  Family Synonym : Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae

  Synonyms : Sterculia alata

  Common Names : Kasah, Buddha's Coconut

Kasah,Buddha's Coconut
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Big (>30m))
      Maximum Height :
      45 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      8 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      India, Myanmar and Northern Malaysia
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Trunk: Bark light grey, large buttresses present.
      Foliage: Leaves are large, about 12-30cm long, ovate-cordate in shape, with wavy margins. Texture is smooth, and petioles are about 7-15cm long. Leaves are somewhat clustered towards the ends of the branches.
      Flowers: Borne in small racemes, flowers are pale orange to red, about 1.5cm across on 2-3 mm long stalks. Flowers have no petals, but 5 sepals.
      [Others]: A large, upright tree, having a tall, columnar-to-oblong, shady crown. Large buttresses are found on matured trees.Fruit:Fruit is a follicle. Pod is round, and splits along one side, releasing many seeds each with a long "wing" which are then scattered by wind.CultivationEnjoys a sunny location and thrives in rich, good draining soil.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Cultural / Religious (

      Heritage Tree :           
      There is currently one individual of Pterygota alata listed as a Heritage Tree in Singapore. It can be found at the Istana. To find out more about these trees, please visit the Heritage Tree Register.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscape Uses :
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Classification :
      Aggregate Fruit (Syncarp)
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Follicle)
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