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Brachychiton discolor

Brachychiton discolor F. Muell.

 

Queensland Lacebark

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMalvalesIncludes cacao, balsa, lime, linden, basswood, daphnes, hibiscus, hollyhocks, okra, baobab, cotton, kapok, and many others
FamilyMalvaceaeIncludes okra, jute, cacao, hibiscus, many others
GenusBrachychitonBottletrees—31 species of trees and large shrubs, mostly Australian
SpeciesdiscolorFrom the Greek prefix dis- which like the Latin bis- means two or twice, and thus of two or different colors. (“Dis” can also mean “without,” so discolor could mean colorless, i.e. white.)

About plant names...

Queensland lacebark is an Australian native, from the rainforest from central New South Wales to southern Queensland. The genus, Brachychiton, means “short tunic”; discolor means “two colors.”

Identification: Trees reach 40' (12 m). Bark is smooth. Leaves have 3-7 pointed, divided lobes. Leaves are about 6" (15 cm) in size. Flowers pink or red, trumpet-shaped, with 5 petals.

Brachychiton discolor (Queensland Lacebark)

By Peter Woodard.

Online References:

Brachychiton discolor at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Brachychiton discolor at the Australian Native Plants Society

Brachychiton discolor on Desert-tropicals.com

Brachychiton discolor at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Brachychiton discolor on Wikipedia

Brachychiton discolor description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Brachychiton discolor (Queensland Lacebark)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Brachychiton discolor (Queensland Lacebark)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Range: Zones 9a-11:

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