Firmiana simplex (L.) W.Wight

Chinese Parasol Tree

Tree 10-15 m tall with smooth grey bark. Leaves 15-20 cm long, the 3-5 palmate lobes long-pointed, finely hairy below. Calyx lobes often bent back. Flowers yellow-green in 20-30 cm long terminal clusters; early summer. Male flowers with about 10 stamens together over sterile carpels. Female flowers have a 5-carpelled ovary and large, sterile anthers. Fruit a densely hairy follicle, 4-6 cm long, papery and leaf-like; seeds 0.5-1 cm long.

E Asia

Similar to Brachychiton but totally deciduous and with extremely large leaves; unusual papery, leaf-like fruits with seeds attached edge to edge.

VIC: Melbourne (Flagstaff Gardens; Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens) Eastern Lawn group near Tecoma Resthouse). ACT: Narrabundah (Allen St).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Sterculiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Firmiana Marsili