Brachychiton acerifolius

Image of Brachychiton flowers

(Illawarra FlameTree, Flame Tree)


Sterculiaceae / Malvaceae


Brachychiton acerifolius

Common name(s)

Illawarra Flame Tree, Flame Tree

Flower colour; life form

Red; tree


Cairns, Townsville


This deciduous tree has grey fissured bark, leaves are simple or shallowly often 3-lobed margins. Flowers are in large panicles, bright red 1-2 cm long, waxy surface, the follicles are dark brown to 10 cm long on stalks to 8 cm long. It is found in rainforest areas along the east coast of Australia. Usually grows up to 20 m tall but in good conditions it may be up to 40 m tall.

JCU acknowledges the Yirrganydji and Djabugay Peoples for sharing their Indigenous Knowledge and pay respect to the elders past and present. “ Known as Korr-ung-um. Seeds must be carefully prepared and cooked before being eaten. The tree used for bush string and bandages. Manual tools and drums made from tree. The flowers are a seasonal ‘calendar’ indicator for wet season”.

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