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Genus: Brachychiton (flame tree genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Malvaceae

About 30 species, evergreen or deciduous trees, native to Australia and Papua New Guinea. Previously placed in Sterculiaceae.

Brachychiton acerifolius (Australian Flame Tree) Brachychiton acerifolius (Australian Flame Tree)   

Australian Flame Tree in Cape Town garden. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Species cultivated in southern Africa

Seven species have been recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa as well as 3 hybrids of garden origin (Glen 2002).

Brachychiton acerifolius (Australian Flame Tree)

Brachychiton acerifolius (Australian Flame Tree)

Brachychiton bidwillii


Brachychiton discolor (Pink Flame Tree)


Brachychiton diversifolius


Brachychiton populneus (Kurrajong)


Brachychiton paradoxus


Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle-Tree)


Brachychiton populneus x acerifolius


Brachychiton populneus x discolor


Brachychiton discolor x bidwillii


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