White / Pink
Delabechea rupestris, J.
Sterculia rupestris, Bentham,
Brachychiton delabechei, F.Muell.
Clompanus rupestris, Kuntze.
Oleobachia palustris, Mast.
This member of the Sterculiaceae*
family was given this name by
Schumann in 1893. It's found on the dry plains of Queensland, Australia. In the wet season, it will get plenty of
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 white to cream coloured flowers with pink stripes and brown nuts
with 10-30 seeds in, wrapped in small needles! I 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. The species name rupes
It can stand down to -7C, and thrives in acidic soil.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Sterculiaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.