Field of Science

Thick as a brick

Here's a tree of a type that you don't see very often, a pachycaul, a tree with an unusually thick trunk just like a pachyderm has a very thick skin. This one is just a juvenile, maybe 4 m tall, but already it has a massively thick trunk especially in relation to its height. This is a bottle tree, Brachychiton rupestris, from Queensland, a tree the Phactor first saw about 30 years ago out in 40-mile scrub, a large patch of dryish forest about 40 miles beyond the last excuse for a town. Their thick trunks and rather smallish crowns make the trees look like milk bottles with a shrub on top. This one is obviously cultivated in a garden in Sydney.

1 comment:

Beth at PlantPostings said...

I didn't realize you were in Australia. I'll have to stop back to read all your posts about the trip. That is one unique tree!