Alloxylon pinnatum: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Dorrigo Waratah. The species was previously known as Oreocallis pinnata.
Alloxylon pinnatum is a tree that in the wild may reach a height of 24 metres. In cultivation height is usually limited to six metres.
Leaves are simple or pinnate (feather-like) and glossy dark green. The spectacular flowers are held in terminal clusters and are pink to red. The lengthy flowering period extends from spring to autumn. Birds are attracted to the flowers. The flowers have a long vase life. The specimen photographed was from a bunch of flowers bought from a grower from Dorrigo.
The fruit is a follicle (dry fruit that splits along one seam). Each follicle holds 8-11, brown, winged seeds.
The Dorrigo Waratah is a magnificent tree with spectacular flowers.
Alloxylon pinnatum is found in warm temperate rainforests above an altitude of 700 metres from the McPherson ranges in south-east Queensland to Dorrigo, north-east New South Wales.
A Dorrigo Waratah, in full flower, reminds us of a Sydney Waratah (Telopea speciosissima) on steroids.
There are specimens growing in a sheltered gully in the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra. There is also a beautiful specimen, growing in full sun in the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
We would be reluctant to grow the Dorrigo Waratah at Yallaroo. Our winters are probably too severe.
Propagate from fresh seed and cutting of firm young growth.