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Family: STERCULIACEAE* 

 Brachychiton rupestris
 


This is the plant in my window. It starts with one
"finger" and then get 5-9 "fingers" on each leaf.

  
Author:  Karl Moritz Schumann 1893
Family:  Sterculiaceae*
Habitat:  Queensland, Australia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3,5 meters
Height:  10-25 meters
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Narrow-Leaved Bottle Tree
Synonyms:  Dalabechea rupestris Mitchell, Sterculia  rupestris Bentham 1863
Got it from:  Roskilde/Australia
Year:  2001/2002

A large one in Queensland.

The dry fruits on roadside trees in Tambo, Victoria.  Brought some back.

   This member of the Sterculiaceae* family was given this name by Karl Moritz Schumann in 1893. It's found on the dry plains of Queensland, Australia. In the wet season, it will get plenty of water, and it always gets lots of sun. The soil is generally grit. The trunk can get up to 3,5 meters in diameter, and it stands up to 10-25 meters. Great variations in trunk-form. The fast-growing won't get the "wide shoulders". It has yellow flowers and brown nuts with 10-30 seeds in, wrapped in small needles! I found mine in Roskilde 2001, but have seen a lot in Australia. Brought some seeds back, and Copenhagen Botanical Garden made them grow. Just loved them!

The name comes from Greek, brachys, short and chiton, a tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed. rupes= growing among rocks.

 It can stand down to -7C, and thrives in acidic soil.

*This family might been incorporated in the Malvaceae family now, as sub-family: Sterculioideae, tribe: Sterculieae.

The small seedlings 2003.