Brachychiton acerifolius —Flame Tree, Illawarra Flame Tree.—MALVACEAE

Brachychiton acerifolius

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Habitat—Subtropical, Warm—temperate and Dry Rainforests.

Distribution— North from Nowra in New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description—Medium—size to large tree, 37m x 90cm. Semi—deciduous, leaves shed prior to flowering.
Trunk tall, straight, cylindrical, hollow sounding.
Bark: dark grey fissured, marked with leaf scars.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Little Street, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Stephen Street Reserve and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, margins lobed, 3 to 5 veined from the base, hairless, very variable in shape from entire to 3, 5 or 7 lobed, 9—25 cm diam., very large on young trees, glossy and hairless. Leaf stem: 10—20 cm long.

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Inflorescence—: Bright red, bell shaped 1 cm diam. in panicles of 18 to 20 cm.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer after leaves have fallen

Fruit—Clusters of large boat-shaped follicles, 10 to 12cm long, containing numerous oval, yellow seeds.

Ripe.—February to March.

Brachychiton acerifolius