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


A large one in Queensland.


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


The flower from Thetutuguru.com.au.

Author: Karl Moritz Schumann, 1893
Family:  STERCULIACEAE*
Origin:  Queensland; Australia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3,5 Meters
Height:  10-25 Meters
Flower:  Cream - White / Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Narrow-Leaved Bottle Tree
Synonyms:  Delabechea rupestris, J. Lindley,  1848.
Sterculia
 rupestris, Bentham
, 1863.
Brachychiton delabechei, F.Muell.
Clompanus rupestris, Kuntze.
Oleobachia palustris, Mast.

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 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 means 'growing among rocks'.

 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.

 
The small seedlings.   


 A fat one from Onszaden.com.