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Often seen as grafted. Doesn't work well, tend to have difficulties with creating new branches. This is B.p. var. bidwillii, A. Terrac. 1897


The young plant does not have a significant caudex, just some swollen roots.


It is covered in flowers during mid summer - and two small leaves. Males and female mixed within the clusters.

Author: H.W: Schott & S.F.L. Endlicher, 1832.
Family:  STERCULIACEAE*
Origin:  Northern Territory, Queensland; Australia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  35 Centimetres
Height:  3-5 Meters
Flower:  Red-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Little Kurrajong, Rusty Kurrajong
Synonyms:  Brachychiton bidwillii Hook. 1959.
Sterculia bidwillii, Benth. 1863.
Clompanus bidwillii, Kuntze, 1891.
Brachychiton paradoxus var. pubescens, A.Terracc.
Brachychiton ramiflorus,
R.Br.
Clompanus paradoxa,
Kuntze.
Sterculia paradoxa,
Druce.
Sterculia paradoxa
var. typica, Domin.
Sterculia ramiflora,
Benth.

This member of the Sterculiaceae* family was given this name by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott and Stephan Friedrich Ladislaus Endlicher in 1832. It is found in Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The stem will grow to 35 centimetres in diameter, the whole plant will reach for three up to five meters. The flowers are dark red.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Sterculiaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.

Named after brachys, short and chiton, a tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed, and after John Carne Bidwill, a botanical collector of the 1840-50s.


Female flower.


Male flower.