Brachychiton fitzgeraldianus Guymer
Austral.Syst.Bot. 1:282-285,Fig.39 (1989)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 25 September 1996

Tree or shrub, (0.5-)1.5-10(-14) m high. Fl. red/orange-red/pink-red, Aug to Nov. Sandy & rocky soils. River banks, sandstone & quartzite hills.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Central Kimberley, Northern Kimberley, Victoria Bonaparte.

IBRA Subregions: Berkeley, Mitchell, Mount Eliza, Pentecost, Victoria Bonaparte P1.

IMCRA Regions: Kimberley.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Derby-West Kimberley, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Tuesday 29 August 2017

Tree. Stems hairy. Leaves 100-200 mm long, 95-130 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth of one whorl only (the visible whorl is a calyx, sometimes petaloid). Pedicel present, 8-15 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx green, 35-55 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, stellate hairs present, number of ribs absent. Corolla tubercle-based simple hairs present (?) or absent (?), scales present (?) or absent (?). Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present or absent (anthers sessile); anthers 2.8-3 mm long. Staminodes present. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present, stellate hairs present; styles several, free and separate, arising from the summit of the ovary, 18-20 mm long, with one or five style branches or lobes, hairy for most of length. Fruits indehiscent and splitting into sections (schizocarps), length-width ratio at least 1.5 times as long as wide, mericarps smooth, hairs and scales absent; apex rounded; calyx deciduous before maturity; carpels 5; seeds per loculus 2-4 or ≥5. Flowering time August, September, October or November. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley, Victoria Bonaparte or Central Kimberley.