5084.000 Brachychiton Schott & Endl. - Bottle-trees

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Description of the genus

Trees, often with a swollen, bottle-shaped trunk. Leaves alternate, entire or palmately lobed. Inflorescences usually of axillary panicles. Flowers bisexual or unisexual. Calyx petaloid. Petals 0. Stamens united into a column with a head of 10-15 anthers. Ovary with 5 loculi. Stigma peltate or lobed. Fruit a woody follicle, dehiscing along one side when ripe.

Very similar to Sterculia and differing "in having seeds in compartments of the hairy honeycomb-like endocarp within the follicles" (Hortus Third, p. 176).

Worldwide: 31 species in Australia and New Guinea

Zimbabwe: 5 cultivated taxa.

Brachychiton discolor

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
acerifolius (A. Cunn.) F. Muell.Description, Image
australis (Schott & Endl.) A. Terracc.
discolor F. Muell.Description, Image
populneus (Schott & Endl.) R. Br.Description, Image
rupestris (T. Mitch. ex Lindl.) K.Schum.Image

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Brachychiton
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachychiton
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachychiton
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Tropicos: Brachychiton
Wikipedia: Brachychiton

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Brachychiton.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1644, retrieved 28 May 2024

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