Calodendrum capense (L.f.) Thunb.

Cape Chestnut

Evergreen (although sometimes completely deciduous in cold climates), broad-crowned tree,10-15 m tall with smooth, grey bark. Branches opposite, young twigs softly hairy. Leaves opposite, entire, elliptic to oblong, mostly 13-18 cm long, 8-10 cm wide but variable, glossy dark green above, paler beneath, lateral veins parallel. Midrib thick and translucent oil glands clearly visible with back light. Leaf stalk 1.5-2 cm long. Flowers in terminal clusters 15-20 cm long. Petals pink with darker markings, slightly fragrant; Dec-Jan. Fruit a 5-angled, warty capsule about 3.5 cm long, containing shiny black seeds; Mar.

S Africa

VIC: Ascot Vale (Royal Agricultural Society Showgrounds); Fitzroy (Fitzroy Gardens opposite St Vincent's & Mercy Private Hospital); Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), W of the William Tell Shelter); Prahran (Victoria Gardens); S Yarra (Kings Domain, Shrine of Remembrance).

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
genus        Calodendrum Thunb.