Brachychiton australis (Schott & Endl.) A.Terracc., Boll. Reale Orto Bot. Palermo 1(2): 62 1897. (Syn: Brachychiton platanoides R.Br.; Brachychiton trichosiphon Ewart & O.B.Davies [Illegitimate]; Clompanus australis Kuntze; Sterculia australis (Schott & Endl.) Druce; Sterculia australis var. acuminata Domin; Sterculia australis var. dietrichiae Domin; Sterculia trichosiphon Benth. [Illegitimate]; Trichosiphon australe Schott & Endl.);
Broad Leaved Bottletree; Bottletree; Large Leaved Bottletree; Broad-leafed
Bottle Tree ;
A native of Australia, cultivated in Pakistan and elsewhere as per Flora of Pakistan;
Trees of Lalbagh, Bangalore – Brachychiton australis – Broad Leaved Bottle Tree: Broad Leaved Bottle Tree is a deciduous tree, with somewhat bottle shaped trunk. Its other relatives have strongly bottle-shaped trunks.
Leaves are palmately lobed with 4.5-12 cm long stalks. Leaf blade is deeply palmately 5-7-lobed, 6-10 cm long, 10-16 cm broad, smooth on both sides. Lobes are broadly ovate, rhomboid, lance-shaped or somewhat rectangular, all ending in a sharp point. Flowers are borne in short racemes.
Flowers are white to cream, velvety, becoming rusty when dry. Flower stalks are 5-10 mm long, jointed. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, white, 1.5-2 cm long, 1-1.5 cm across, lobed half way down; lobes are lance-shaped. There are no real petals. Stamens are hairy, ovary velvety, 2-3 mm long. Styles are free, joining above. Follicles are shortly stalked, oblong-triangular, 5-7.5 cm long, hairless
Tree for ID : Delhi : 121212 : AK-2: Tree seen in a garden in Delhi on 6/12/12.
A cultivated tree, no flowers or fruits when picture was taken.
Very unusual shaped leaves.
It looks like Aleurites moluccana
Thanks for a possible id. The leaves look different.
The name suggested by you, on searching, resembles a tree in Kenya I had photographed and posted earlier.
It was lying unidentified for a long time.
This is not Aleurites moluccana
The leaves resemble a tree I had seen in Lalbagh, Bangalore on 26/7/2012, Brachychiton australis, Syn Sterculia trichosiphon.
Yes it is Brachychiton australis