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Brachychiton Populneus "Kurrajong" Seeds

Brachychiton Populneus "Kurrajong" Seeds

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** not available to WA or International buyers.

"Brachychiton populneus, commonly known as the Kurrajong, is a small to medium-sized tree found naturally in Australia in a diversity of habitats from wetter coastal districts to semi-arid interiors of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The extended trunk is a water storage device for survival in a warm dry climate. The bell-shaped flowers are variable in colour (pale to pink) while the leaves vary considerably in shape. The leaves are either simple and pointed, or may be 3 - 9 lobed. Saplings grow from a drought and fire resistant tap-rooted tuber.

The Kurrajong has multiple uses and was used by many Australian Aboriginal clans and tribes around Australia. The seeds located in a seed pod were often removed and cleaned of the fine hairs with in the seed pod and was often roasted. Water could be obtained from the tree roots by boring a hole in the trunk and squeezing the wood. There has also been records of the seedpods being turned into a children's rattle or toy. The soft spongy wood was used for making shields, and the bark as a fibre. The leaves are also used as emergency fodder for drought-affected animal stock. There has also been records of European settlers using the seeds as a coffee supplement by roasting and crushing the seeds.

 

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It has been introduced as an ornamental tree to south-western Australia, South Africa, Louisiana, California, Arizona and Mediterraneancountries. In Western Australia it was observed to be invasive in disturbed areas.

Horticulturists have hybridised the Kurrajong with related Brachychiton species, including the Queensland bottle tree (B. rupestris) and Illawarra Flame Tree (B. acerifolius) to produce new garden ornamentals.

The specific name populneus pertains to a perceived similarity to genus Populus, the Poplars. Sometimes B. populneus is also known by the names "lacebark kurrajong" and "bottle tree" (USA). However, B. discolor is also referred to as the Lacebark Kurrajong, and Bottle Tree is a term commonly applied not only to other species of Brachychiton but to members of other genera around the world.

The kurrajong has been recorded as a host plant for the mistletoe species Dendrophthoe glabrescens". -  information retrieved from wikipedia

** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.

Note:  Each seed has been gently collected by hand.  All care has been taken to ensure your seeds are of the highest quality.  No responsibility is accepted by the seller for germination rates.

To grow:  Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 18-22°C.

Brachychiton seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating, to assist with the update of moisture required for germination the following method is suggested. This is not critical but will generally reduce germination time.

Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and soak for 30 seconds

Transfer to a container with luke warm water and soak overnight.

The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.

Sow the depth of seed deep.

Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.

The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out.

Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.  Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

*****Please note:   We do NOT sell live plants at all!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


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