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Cullenia exarillata fruiting branch DSC 2359.jpg
Cullenia exarillata fruiting branch
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Helicteroideae
Genus: Cullenia

Cullenia ceylanica
Cullenia exarillata Syn. Cullenia excelsa
Cullenia rosayroana

Cullenia is a genus of flowering plants native to India and Sri Lanka. Earlier classification schemes place the genus in the Kapok-tree family (Bombacaceae), but the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group places it in the Malva family (Malvaceae).

The name is after General William Cullen (1785–1862), a Resident in the court of the Maharaja of Travancore who also took an interest in botany.[1] [2]


  1. ^ Britten, James (1888). "Biographical index of British and Irisn Botanists". Journal of Botany, British and Foreign. 26: 244–248. 
  2. ^ Drury, Heber (1864). Handbook of the Indian Flora. Volume 1. Travancore Sircar Press. pp. 88–89.