Wheel of fire
Stenocarpus sinuatus, Fam. Proteaceae
A very flamboyant tree that is often used in ornamental situations, this member of the Proteaceae family is a lovely rainforest specimen guaranteed to light up anyone's day with its beautiful floral displays.
|Form or habit:||Small tree|
Alternative, simple, entire to deeply lobed, 120-200mm in length. Upper surface of blade glossy dark green, paler below.
|Flower description:||Bright orange to red produced in umbels of 12-15 flowers, developing from the stem so they are inside the canopy. January to March.|
|Fruit description:||Fruit a dark grey-brown follicle, 5-10cm long and more than 2cm wide, somewhat boat-shaped, containing numerous winged, overlapping seeds. Ripe April to September.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Northern NSW up to Atherton Tablelands, Qld.|
|Food source for:||Large range of nectar feeding birds.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Williams K. (1979), Native Plants - Queensland, Volume 1|