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Flame Tree

(Brachychiton acerifolius, fam. Sterculiaceae)

Brachychiton acerifolius Brachychiton acerifolius Brachychiton acerifolius Brachychiton acerifolius Brachychiton acerifolius
Small to medium upright tree; may grow large with a straight stout trunk. Grey wrinkled bark.
Form or habit: Tree
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Opposite

Simple; variable from egg shaped to deeply lobed (juvenile form), 3-5 lobes, bright green 8-20 x 25cm .

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Bright Red
Flower description:Bell-shaped, waxy, approx.1.5cm diameter; borne in large terminal panicles. October to March .
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Dark brown to black
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Follicle; boat-shaped, dark brown to black, leathery or woody, approx.10cm long, borne in clusters; seeds oblong with brittle hairy coating. Handle with care.
Habitat:Rainforest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest
Distribution:Cape York QLD to Southern NSW.
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Australia
Weed:No
Weed status:
Notes:Older trees form a rounded crown. Flowers borne on leafless branches.
Information sources:
Beasley J. ( 2008) Plants of Tropical North Queensland.

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