Brachychiton discolor — Lace Tree, Scrub Bottle Tree, Lacebark Tree—MALVACEAE

Brachychiton discolor

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Habitat—In moist and dry rainforest.

Distribution— North from Dungog in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Deciduous tree to 30 m high.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Coocumbac Island Taree, Copeland Tops SCA, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Raintrees Diamond Beach and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, margins 3 to 7—lobed, lamina 8—18 cm long, cordate at base, adult leaves usually shallowly 5—lobed, juvenile leaves deeply 5 to 7—lobed, lobes acuminate, lower surface densely velvety—white; petiole 8 to 18 cm long, glabrous.

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Inflorescence—Flowers 4 to 6 cm long, red to pink, pubescent outside with fine stellate hairs and sparse soft bristles to 2 mm long.

Flowering.—November to December.

Fruit—Follicle 10 to 15 cm long and 3 to 5 cm wide, stalk usually 10 to 20 mm long.

Ripe.—Winter.