Alloxylon flammeum, commonly known as the Queensland tree waratah or red
silky oak, is a medium-sized tree of the family Proteaceae found in the
Queensland tropical rain forests. It has shiny green elliptical leaves
up to 18 cm (7.2 in) long, and prominent orange-red inflorescences
that appear from August to October, followed by rectangular woody seed
pods that ripen in February and March. Juvenile plants have large (up to
25 cm (10 in) long) deeply lobed pinnate leaves. Previously known as
Oreocallis wickhamii, the initial specimen turned out to be a different
species to the one cultivated and hence a new scientific name was
required. Described formally in 1991, A. flammeum was designated the
type species of the genus Alloxylon. Alloxylon flammeum is a canopy or
emergent tree of the Mabi rainforest community of north Queensland. It
is readily adaptable to cultivation, and prefers a site with good
drainage. The tree's terminal tubular flowers indicate that the species
is pollinated by birds. It is listed nationally as vulnerable under the
Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
as most of its habitat has been cleared for agriculture and logging.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alloxylon_flammeum>
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