Dillenia alata

Dillenia alata

Dillenia alata

(Red Beech)

FAMILY

Dilleniaceae

Species

Dillenia alata

Common name

Red Beech

Flower colour; life form

Yellow; tree

Campus

Cairns

Description

This tree native to coastal area north from about Cardwell, is readily recognised by the wings on the petioles of the large leaves, and the reddish-brown papery bark which peels off in thin sheets, finer than tissue paper. The flowers up to about 7 cm across have 5 yellow petals, numerous stamens topped by numerous pinkish coloured styles. The fruits are red and the carpels open out to reveal the seeds , these are nearly covered by a white aril. Likes to grow where it has access to water.

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Image of Dillenia alata flower