African tulip tree
Spathodea campanulata subsp. nilotica, Fam. Bignoniaceae
Tree to 24m.
Restricted invasive plants Category 3
Plants declared invasive under the Biosecurity Act 2014, that are present in QLD. Not to be distributed or disposed of.
|Form or habit:||Large Tree|
Opposite pinnate, 150-350mm long with 3-13 unequal sided ovate, hairy leaflets, 40-110 x 25-80mm, strongly veined, bronze when young, deep glossy green when mature.
|Flower description:||Large orange-red bell shaped with 5 fused petals with yellow frilly edges, 90- 120mm long, borne in terminal clusters.|
|Fruit description:||Upright reddish-brown capsules, 15-250 x 35-50mm, contain numerous thin seeds, 10-20 mm long, completely encircled by a clear wing.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: wind, garden waste and suckers. Invades/threats: creek banks, rainforest, and open forest. Notes: introduced as a garden ornamental. Naturalised populations are known to occur in natural areas throughout the region, especially in creek bank communities and rainforests. A large infestation on Plane Creek has now been controlled. Restrictive invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014. It must not be given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit. The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|