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Queensland Bottle Tree Brachychiton rupestris
2009-04-28 14:15:07

Brachychiton rupestris or the Queensland Bottle Tree is a member of the Malvaceae family, although it was originally classified in the Sterculiaceae family. This deciduous tree is indigenous to Queensland, Australia and is best known for its distended swollen trunk shaped like a bottle which allows it to thrive in drought conditions, a variety of soil conditions and temperatures. Growing up...

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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