Sterculation platanophylla

Name: Sterculation platanophylla



A tree with a round crown, reaching a height of 15 m, with a smooth brownish or light yellow bark. The leaves are alternate, large, up to 35 cm long, dissected into 3-5 pointed lobes, falling in winter. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow, collected in paniculate terminal inflorescences up to 35 cm in size. The fruits of sterculia burst before the seeds ripen, the seeds are edible, taste good, oily.

Up to 750 species of plants of the Sterculia family are known, growing mainly in tropical climates. The tree is common as an ornamental along the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus, in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Medicinal raw materials are leaves collected at the beginning of flowering, before the appearance of yellowed leaves. The leaves of sterculia contain 0.075% essential oil, 4.85% resin, 2.5% organic acids, there are traces of alkaloids; the seeds contain caffeine, theobromine, organic acids (6.4%), fatty oil (26%) and traces of alkaloids.


The tincture is used as an aphrodisiac for physical and mental fatigue, overwork, asthenic conditions, and later debilitating diseases. It is not recommended to take at night.

Tincture: 200 g of crushed leaves per 1 liter of 75% alcohol. In appearance, it is a transparent, greenish-brown liquid with a bitter taste. Store in a closed and dark place. Take 20-25 drops in the morning and in the middle of the day.

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