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Sterculiaceae A family of trees, shrubs, climbers, and herbs that have stellate hairs or scales. The leaves are simple or palmately compound, with stipules, and the petiole is often long and kneed. The flowers are regular, small, and pentamerous, with a stamenal tube ovary which has 2–5 locules. The fruit is commonly dry and dehiscent. There are about 60 genera, with about 700 species, occurring mainly in the tropics and subtropics.