Mar 192013

Specimen :   Wild

Habitat :   Creek banks

Local names :   Sinaligan, Kadlihan, Panakitin

Botanical name :   Sterculia rubiginosa   (3 varieties occur naturally in the Philippines – var. rubiginosa, var. divaricata  and var. setistipula)

Family :   Malvaceae

Height :   6-10 meters

Traits :   Dioecious; Semi-deciduous to deciduous; Fast-growing; Low to medium altitude tree; Small to medium-sized tree; Tolerant of occasional water-logging

Recommendations :   Erosion control; Farms; Honey tree; Landscaping; Large gardens; Living fence; Ornamental tree; Paper & pulp tree plantations; Public spaces; Riparian management; Roadside tree; Urban greening

Used for :   Timber for light constructions, interior work, wooden containers, shoe heels, veneer, plywood; Pulpwood

Native range :   Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines

National conservation status :   Not threatened

Possible threats :   Clearing of woodlands for agricultural, commercial or residential use; Indiscriminate cutting of wild trees for firewood and charcoal production

Further readings :

ASEAN Tropical Plant Database  –  Sterculia rubiginosa

Philippine Woods :  Principal Uses, Distribution & Equivalent  Woods in Asia Pacific (A. Ella, A. Tongacan, R. Escobin & F. Pitargue)

Revised Lexicon of Philippine Trees (J. Rojo) (683)