Mexican Hand Tree
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".