Calodendrum Thunb.

Greek kalos — beautiful, dendron — tree.

Evergreen trees. Leaves simple, opposite or whorled, gland-dotted. Flowers in large terminal clusters, white to pinkish. Calyx 5-parted. Petals 5. Fertile stamens 5, sterile stamens 5, petal-like. Ovary with 5 lobes, stalked. Fruit a 5-valved, woody, warted capsule.

The genus name is sometimes spelled Calodendron.

Grown for the dense green canopy of foliage and extremely attractive and prolific orchid-like flowers.

Softwood cuttings.

Source of timber; seed of C. capense is the source of oils used in soaps.

Leaves with prominent parallel lateral veins; tree with narrow-petalled, orchid-like pink and white flowers; fruit surface covered with pointed knobs.

1 species from E Africa, extending to the Cape.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rutaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Rutaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Calodendrum capense (L.f.) Thunb.