Socotra Star-Chestnut (Sterculia africana socotrana)

A young Socotra Star-Chestnut (Sterculia africana socotrana) struggling with overcoming the incessant browsing by the goats. Only by incredible chance will this individual grow a shoot that is high enough to be out of reach for the goats, and thus reach maturity. A mature tree is one of the biggest tree species on Socotra, with an unmistakable trunk that rivals almost all other tree species on Socotra.

Native range is Northeast Tropical Africa, Tanzania to Namibia, South Arabian Peninsula, socotrana variety is endemic to Socotra.

Elevation: 235 meters.

Socotra Star-Chestnut (Sterculia africana socotrana)

Socotra Star-Chestnut (Sterculia africana socotrana)

Last updated on 18 June 2024