Sterculia cordata Blume, Bijdr. (1825)

Latin for 'heart-shaped', referring to the leaf base.

Sterculia borneensis Ridl.
Triplobus cordata Raf.

Upper canopy tree up to 46 m tall and 76 cm dbh. Stipules ca. 15 mm long, very narrow. Leaves crowded at twig tips, alternate, simple, tripli- to penni-veined, lower surface hairy and yellow-whitish coloured, leaf base usually cordate. Flowers ca. 10 mm diameter, dirty pale pink, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 83 mm long, red-brownish, dehiscent capsule with several seeds. Seeds with black aril.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 700 m altitude. Usually on alluvial sites near or along rivers and streams, but also on ridges. Usually on sandy soils, but also on clay and limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant.

Commercial timber tree.

Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Central- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines.

Local names
Borneo: Kembang, Kembang semangkok, Kembang semangkok paya, Mandalom tenom, Pimpin bulan.