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Brachychiton rupestris

 

Queensland Bottle Tree

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMalvalesIncludes cacao, balsa, lime, linden, basswood, daphnes, hibiscus, hollyhocks, okra, baobab, cotton, kapok, and many others
FamilyMalvaceaeIncludes okra, jute, cacao, hibiscus, many others
GenusBrachychitonBottletrees—31 species of trees and large shrubs, mostly Australian
SpeciesrupestrisGrowing among rocks [compare campestris]

About plant names...

The Queensland bottle tree, native to eastern Australia, is named for its remarkable trunk. Brachychiton (roughly “short covering”) refers to a coating on the seeds, and rupestris means that it is found growing among rocks. This tree is not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: This tree can reach 70' (21 m), but is usually under 40' (12 m). The bottle shape, which develops only after 5-8 years, can reach a diameter of more than 6' (1.8 m). Flowers are yellow, in clusters. Fruits are woody, shaped like canoes.

Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree)

By Bigee

Online References:

Brachychiton rupestris at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens

Brachychiton rupestris on Wikipedia

Brachychiton rupestris on Desert-tropicals.com

Brachychiton rupestris at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Brachychiton rupestris at Trees of Williamstown Botanic Gardens (PDF)

Brachychiton rupestris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ
≈ 9 × 14' (2.8 × 4.1 m)

Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Range: Zones 9-11:

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