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Malvaceae, Brachychiton populneus – Kurrajong

January 6, 2011

I took these photos from street trees in Athens, Greece. It is widely planted throughout the city as a street tree. I’ve also seen this species in areas of Kenya, although its native to N. Australia. The subspecies trilobus has 3 – 5 narrow lobes. Ground seeds can be used as a coffee substitute or added to bread.

The genus Brachychiton is derived from two Greek words, meaning ‘short’, and ‘tunic’, and alludes to the bristles surrounding the seed in the fruit;
populneus comes from the Latin ‘poplar-like’; the leaves resemble those of Populus species.

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