What's flowering now

Discover the colours of Spring time blooms in the Botanic Gardens...

Brachychiton acerifolius
Flame Tree

Brachychiton acerifolius, commonly known as the Flame Tree occurs in tropical parts of Australia in dry areas or rainforest and known for their spectacular red coloured flowers. They are generally deciduous before flowering in late Spring - early Summer. Flame Trees are a beautiful medium spreading tree. In its natural habitat it can grow to 40 metres, but generally will only reach around 15- 20 metres tall.

Where can I find this plant?

These trees can be seen growing along the Lagoons pathway and in many verges in our Mackay region.

B acerifoliusB acerifolius flower image

Sterculia quadrifida
Peanut Tree

Stercuila quadrifida, commonly known as the Peanut Tree is a leafy rainforest tree found across regions of northern Australia. The attractive bright orange/red seed pods split open when ripe to reveal a few black seeds that are said to taste similar to a peanut. Can you spot this tree in the Torres Strait Islander Garden?

Where can I find this plant?

The Peanut Tree can be found growing in the Torres Strait Islander Garden in the Botanic Gardens.

sterculia quadrifida fruit

Nauclea orientalis

Leichardt Tree

Nauclea orientalis, commonly known as the Leichardt Tree is a stunning and iconic tree , which grows naturally rainforest and open forests, often along waterways like it does in the Botanic Gardens. Each inflorescence made up of multiple heads of small white flowers to make it look like a festive pom-pom! the fruit is similar in sze and shape but colour brown.

Flowering generally occurs September - March and fruits December - July.

Where can I find this plant?

The Leichardt Tree can be found along the Lagoons pathway, just passed the Finch Hatton waterway bridge and on the edge of Kaliguil Lagoon.

Reference: Melzer, M and Plumb, J. (2011) Plants of Capricornia, Belgamba, Rockhampton QLD.

Nauclea orientalis flower 1


Dillenia alata

Red Beech

The red beech is a small tree usually about 6 to 10 metres high, although sometimes smaller. It derives its common name from its beautiful flaky papery trunk, initially copper/pink and becoming maroon with age. The large (10-25 cm by 8-12 cm) ovate leaves are an attractive  glossy, dark green colour, while new leaves are reddish brown.The flowers are bright yellow and 6-9 cm in diameter. They are similar to those of Hibbertia (a member of the same family) and, although they last for one day, they are replaced daily for one to two months in late spring and summer.  The open fruit reveal bright red valves and black seeds.  These are also an attractive feature of the plant and they contrast well with the dense green foliage.

Dillenia alata grows abundantly in many of the swampy depressions around Cairns.  The bark, flowers and leaves all make for an attractive small tree for the subtropical or tropical garden.  Sandy soils are preferred and, once established, the species can tolerate periods of dryness.  Cultivated plants have tolerated frosts in at least one southern Queensland garden.

Reference: http://www.anpsa.org.au/d-ala.html