Brachychiton rupestris

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Brachychiton rupestris (Lindl.) K.Schum.

Sterculiaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun   10

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: palmately lobed

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: follicle

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Malvanae
Ordo:
Malvales
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Brachychiton rupestris is a tree.

Naming

Brachychiton rupestris was already described and the name validly published by John Lindley based on a prior description by Thomas Livingstone Mitchell. It was Karl Moritz Schumann, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1890.

Taxonomy

Brachychiton rupestris is a species in the genus Brachychiton which contains approximately 38 to 39 species and belongs to the family of the Sterculiaceae (Cacao Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees reach heights of 50 to 200 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Brachychiton rupestris is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are palmately lobed, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Brachychiton rupestris produces panicles of yellow flowers. The plants are hermaphroditic.

The trees produce follicles.

Root System

Distribution

Brachychiton rupestris is native to Queensland.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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