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Brachychiton rupestris (T.Mitch. ex Lindl.) K.Schum.

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

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:

The Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens



The Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Delabechea rupestris T.Mitch. ex Lindl.

Brachychiton delabechei F.Muell. [Illegitimate]

Clompanus rupestris (T.Mitch. ex Lindl.) Kuntze

Sterculia rupestris (T.Mitch. ex Lindl.) Benth.


Brachychiton rupestris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland bottle tree)

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

Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland bottle tree)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Ari­zona

Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland bottle tree)

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

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