What tree is this?

Submitted: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 20:58
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Hello Folks,

In Townsville at the moment(The Boss got 2 new knees yesterday) and noticed this large tree in a yard to east of Mater Hospital.



Yesterday arvo, there probably a dozen Black Cockatoos, feeding over the top of the canopy, so that was good to see.



Large leaves, with some bright red flowers visible in the top of the canopy. The photos aren't the best, as used my iPad this arvo, and didn't have a camera when the sun, and the cockies, were about yesterday.

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Reply By: Slow one - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 06:10

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 06:10
Bob,
At a guess with your description you gave it maybe an African Tulip.

Bob have a look HERE
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:01

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:01
Thanks, Slow.

That looks like it, though I haven't had a close look at it. Was initially impressed by the size of the tree, and a bit surprised to see Black Cockatoo in centre of the city.

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:40

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:40
Bob,
if it is an African tulip, they are not the most welcome tree in the rain forests, I have just found a government site that will tell you all.

African Tulip

Don't know you, but I hope you and your family are ok as I know what a trip from where you live to Townsville normally means.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:46

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 08:46
Ha. Just read your original post heading again due to the computer locking up, and I now see the reason.

Hope the new knees go well, the only down side is, she now will be able to catch you.
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Follow Up By: Member - cherrywipe - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 09:11

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 09:11
Hi Bob,
Not sure what that tree is. Not unusual to see red tailed black cockatoos feeding on the trees along the foreshore at the strand,great to see but they do make a great mess.
Cherry.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:52

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:52
Slow,

All good and improving steadily, thanks. Probably out of hospital early next week, so I'll have to show my tender side then :-). Will check out that site later on.

Cherry,

Funny you say that about the mess. When I took the 2nd photo, there was an elderly lady doing quite a bit of raking, out on the footpath, and in her yard. Didn't hear her swearing though:-)



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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 16:30

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 16:30
Well, won't be taking one of those home in a pot, Slow!

Live on a minor tributary of the Diamantina River, so don't want to add to some of the pest plant "nasties" that are gradually making their way down the system.

Thanks for the link, knew it was too good to be a keeper.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 10:40

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 10:40
If it is an african tulip...or you encounter another one.....remember they are very hard on tools......the tree loppers hate em....the wood contains a lot of silica and blunts anything you cut em with proper qick smart.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 16:53

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 16:53
Thanks Bantam.

Don't think the old lady would like me to cut down her shade tree :-)
Can recall another tree with similar characteristics, but don't remember what it was. Maybe an Athel Pine?

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Reply By: Member - Stanley D - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 21:35

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 21:35
Dear Bob.
A close up of some leaves would help as you cannot get to the tree top to get a flower- there is never a vine to swing on when one needs it!
(I know where the tree is as I lived in Townsville)
It is not an African Tulip Tree (Spathodea Campanulata) as the leaves of the Tulip tree is Pinate in nature and quite different from your picture.
Image of Tulip tree

If the leaves a have a 'sandpaper' texture and the flowers are hibiscus like it could be
'Cordia sebestena' common name: 'Bird Lime tree' from the West Indies. There is one in the Townsville Botanical gardens on the south eastern edge of the gardens.


I hope this is useful Regards,
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 19:12

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 19:12
Stanley,

Can't help you with the exact leaf size now, as we came up to Cairns today.

However, from memory, the leaves were pretty big, and definitely not "pinate in nature". Have to go back there next week, so might check it out, and take a photo of the leaves.

Thanks for your input,

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