Brachychiton_rupestris.JPG (59951 bytes)Brachychiton rupestris: is a member of the Sterculiaceae family and is known as the Bottle Tree.

Brachychiton rupestris is a medium to tall tree that has a swollen, bottle-like trunk (hence the common name). The leaves are extremely variable and up to ten centimetres long. They may be entire but are more often deeply divided into narrow lobes.

Yellowish flowers are about one centimetre across, bell-shaped and carried in small clusters near the end of branches.

Leathery fruits or follicles are boat-shaped with a prominent beak. Each fruit has rows of seeds which are covered by a hairy coat. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the seed hairs. Seeds should be handled with care.

The Bottle Tree has an unusual trunk and could be cultivated as a dramatic “stand alone” specimen.

Aboriginal people ate young roots and seeds either raw or cooked. They would have removed the seed hairs before eating.

The Bottle Tree occurs naturally in Queensland.

Propagate from seed.