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Flindersia brayleyana

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - January

Common name Queensland maple, maple silkwood
Scientific name Flindersia brayleyana F. Muell.
Family  Rutaceae
Etymology

Genus: After Matthew Flinders, 1774-1814, leader of the 'Investigator' voyage which collected many Australian plants.

Species: After Professor E. W. Brayley FRS (1801 - February 1, 1870) an English geographer, librarian, and science author.

Distribution Occurs in north-eastern Queensland from the Atherton Tableland to near Townsville. 
Native habitat Highland rainforests.
Description

A large tree with a spreading crown and large clusters of creamy flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in summer.

Location in Garden

You will find this tree in Bed 17 at the top of the Connections Garden. Just take the path on the northern side of the Connections Garden, opposite the Visitor Centre, and follow it almost to the top. 

 

It is a very important timber tree with attractive, easy-to-work pink wood which is extensively used for cabinets and indoor fittings. The species is planted commercially in the reafforestation of logged areas. 

Trees have a majestic growth habit and are excellent subjects for parks and rural planting. Young trees are fairly fast growing and in open situations develop a rounded, dense, dark green canopy. They prefer loamy soils with plenty of moisture but will grow on other soils. They grow well in subtropical regions and are tolerant of moderate frosts.

While you’re there have a look at the wine-dark flowers of the Flindersia pimenteliana (the rose silkwood) which is growing next to it.

 

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