Friday, 11 April 2014

Bottle Tree of Queensland Australia

Brachychiton Rupestris originally classified in the family of Sterculiaceae, which is now within Malvaceae, is native of Queensland, Australia. Its grossly swollen trunk gives it an astonishing appearance and gives rise to the name. As a succulent, drought-deciduous tree, it is tolerant of a range of various soils, and temperatures. It can grow to 18 to 20 meters (Approximately 59 – 65 feet) in height and its trunk has an exclusive shape of a bottle. Its swollen trunk is primarily used for water storage and on every tree the leaves are variable from narrow and elliptic to deeply divide. Clusters of yellowy bell shaped flowers are hidden within the foliage, and are followed by woody boat-shaped fruits.