|Kurrajong near Molong, New South Wales.|
A lovely spreading tree with soft glossy green foliage that shines in the breeze.
|The seed pods, the May Gibbs boats of my childhood reading, contain stinging hairs,|
but the seeds if winnowed can be roasted and used in a beverage.
|Kurrajong leaves; the three lobed form is often a character of younger trees. These leaves are quite soft,|
unexpectedly so for an Australian dry country plant.
|The palatability of the leaves can be readily deduced when a Kurrajong grows on a fence line.|
Outside the fence (on the left) the foliage sweeps down to the ground; inside stock have
browsed it as high up as they can reach.
|Kurrajong flowers, Pilliga National Park, New South Wales.|
|Red-flowered Kurrajong B. paradoxus, Litchfield National Park near Darwin.|
A small tree of the tropics.
|Flowers of Illawarra Flame Tree B. acerifolius carpeting the forest floor, Chichester State Forest, New South Wales.|
Like other forest species, this one is deciduous, flowering after the leaves have dropped,
producing a spectacular effect.
|Desert Kurrajong B. gregorii, Mereenie Loop, central Australia.|
The species name is for Augustus Gregory, the explorer who collected the type
specimen far to the west on the Murchison River in 1848.
|Desert Kurrajong fruit - the close relation with Kurrajong is obvious.|
|Queensland Bottle Tree (this one I am sure of) dominating vine scrub at|
Lake Nuga Nuga NP, Queensland.
|Broad-leaved Bottle Trees B. australis, leafless in winter, Undara NP, north Queensland.|
My love affair with kurrajongs and bottle trees is not wholly platonic - our relatively small front and back yards host a Kurrajong and Queensland Bottle Tree respectively, and they're showing every sign of returning our affection by thriving.