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Mexican Hand Tree

Notable Tree Mexican Hand Tree, Chiranthodendron pentadactylon.Mexican Hand Tree, Chiranthodendron pentadactylon

Location: Clive Square
Significance: Botanical, showy flowers

Also in Clive Square and comparatively young at 15 years old, this unusual tree is native to Mexico and Guatemala.

The Mexican Hand Tree produces flowers from the leaf axils in summer. Dull red, they are about 8cm across and have a furry brown outside. The five red and yellow fused stamens protrude up to 15cm. Huge yellow anthers resemble claw-like fingers.

The genus name Chiranthodendron is from the Greek, meaning "hand flower tree".


Chiranthodendron pentadactylon, Mexican Hand Tree (Clive Square) Location Map

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