Harpullia pendula - Tulipwood
Family: Sapindaceae

Ornamental tree to 10m but can reach 25m.
It has an attractive grey scaly bark on a lumpy buttressed trunk.
Its durable timber is highly figured with dark and pale bands and is often called Black Tulip.
The crown is large and rounded with light green foliage.
Leaflets are smooth and thin.
The little green starry flowers produce pendulous and fragrant sprays.
They produce masses of brittle orange fruit capsules on the female trees in summer.
The seeds are shiny black but many of the fruits contain only air.
Occurs naturally in dry, subtropical and littoral rainforest.
Bird attracting.

Common street tree.
Fresh seeds, soaked to drown insect larvae, germinate in a few weeks.

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