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Hand Plant Tree
Scientific Name: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon Larreátegui
Family: Bombacaceae
Hand Plant Tree (Chiranthodendron  pentadactylon)
Description Botanique du Chiranthodendron 1805, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 19,21-24
USDA: 9b-12

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico, Guatemala, where it is rare

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, 33 to 100 feet tall (10-30 m), 20 to 40 feet wide (6-12 m); twigs with rusty-color pubescence; smooth brown bark; petioles 3.2 to 4.5 inches long (8-11 cm); shallowly lobed leaves

Watering Needs: Occasional deep watering

Propagation: Seeds

The genus name 'Chirantodendron' comes from the Greek for 'tree with a hand-shaped flower'. The epithet 'pentadactylon' comes from the Greek for '5-fingered'.

Blooming Habits:
Tulip-shaped flowers, with 5 brownish red finger-like petals and bright red stamens

Fruiting Habits:
5-lobed woody, woolly, dehiscent capsule, about 5 inches long (12 cm). They contain black ovoid seeds, 0.2 inch long (5 mm), 0.15 inch across (3 mm), with a yellow caruncle.

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