Common Name: Ghost Tree
Scientific Name: Sterculia urens
Type: Deciduous

Ghost tree belongs to family Malvaceae. It is native to Indian subcontinect, indochina and Malesia. A small to medium-sized tree, growing upto height of 15m, with horizontally spreading branches. A natural valuable gum known as karaya gum is exuded by traditionally tapping or by cutting or peeling back the bark. Which is used as a thickener in cosmetics and medications. Seeds are eaten after roasting.
Location: Near H6

Known as
  • Bhutya
  • Gum Karaya
  • Sterculia Gum
  • Indian Tragacanth
Leaves
  • Simple, alternate with entire margin
  • Clustered at the tips of branchlets
  • 3 to 5 lobed with acuminate apexes
  • Pinnate 5 to 7 pairs of lateral nerves
Bark
  • Smooth, thick, fibrous
  • White, greenish grey
  • Exfoliating in large, thin, papery flakes
Flowers
  • Small, yellowish green, no petals
  • They are bisexual
  • Produced in axillary panicles
  • About 2.5cm in diameter
Fruits
  • Aggregate of 4 to 6 follicles
  • Red, densly pubescent
  • Split open when ripe
  • 3 to 6 oblong, brown black seeds