It is an attractive tree up to 30 metres tall featuring pink flowers without petals. The trunk is straight, grey and cylindrical, up to 75 cm in diameter. The tree flowers from November to February. The flowers are pink, almost without stalks, 3 to 4 cm in diameter. There are separate male and female flowers. The fruit is a hairy boat shaped follicle maturing from December to July, 7 to 20 cm long, containing up to 30 seeds, 9 mm long. Germination from fresh seed occurs without difficulty.
This is an unusual tree in Melbourne, however, it grows well and flowers prolifically. Perhaps it should be planted more as it is highly attractive and the flowers and seed pods are very beautiful.
This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.
|Clusters of large showy flowers are typical of this tree|
|Honeyeaters love the nectar of these flowers|
|The flowers are large and feel as though they are made of soft cloth|
|They fall down to the ground|
|...And will not wither for some days|