Taxonomy

This tree grows up to 15m tall. It is semi-deciduous, has a round crown, with thick and tortuous branches. Its bark is grey, thick, corky and fissured.

  • Leaves are 5–15 by 2–7cm, opposite, and palmately compound.
  • There are 5 elliptical leaflets that are coriaceous, covered with an indumentum of squamose trichomes. They have an obtuse apex, entire margin, and rounded base. The petiole is 5–7cm.
  • Flowers are 8cm long, in groups of 40, tubular-campanulate, yellow, and very showy.
  • The fruits are capsules, 8–15 by 1.5–2.5cm long and narrowly cylindrical, with a dense indumentum of squamose trichomes.
  • Seeds are up to 4cm wide, flat, with two opposite membranous wings on each side.
  • The tree flowers in June–August and fruits in August–September.
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Glossary
Campanulate

Shaped like a bell.

Coriaceous

Having a leathery texture.

Indumentum

Fine covering of hairs.

Palmate

A leaf shape in which the lobes or leaflets radiate from a single point, like fingers from a hand.

Petiole

The stalk of a leaf that attaches the blade to the stem.

Squamose

Scaly.

Trichomes

Outgrowths.