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Tipuana tipu (Rosewood) with seed pods

Tipuana tipu


Tipuana tipu, also commonly known as Tipu trees, Rosewood, Yellow Jacaranda, and Pride of Bolivia, are South American trees of the genus Tipuana, and are members of the family Fabaceae (sub-family Faboideae). Fabaceae, the 'legume' family, is the third largest family of flowering plants with more than 18,000 described species. Rosewood is known for having a very aggressive root system, and can be a very invasive species. Most people would recognise these trees from their large 'helicopter' seed pods, and also the beautiful yellow flowers as they bloom each summer. In this spotting, these trees provide shade for a children's playground, and they are awesome trees that kids love to climb. They are as much a part of the playground as the swings themselves. >>>>>> PS: I'm sad to say that a massive storm in Brisbane on 27 Nov 2014 damaged these trees so badly that they were removed from the park. Category 2 cyclonic winds, torrential rain and large hailstones decimated them -


In one of our local parks. They are very popular as shade trees around the parks of Brisbane, and thrive in its subtropical climate.


Tipuana tipu has been planted in nearly all Australian states but has become invasive in north eastern New South Wales and many regions of Queensland, particularly Brisbane, south-eastern Queensland and further north to Rockhampton. This species is on the Alert List for Environmental Weeds, a list of 28 non-native plants that threaten biodiversity and cause other environmental damage. Although only in the early stages of establishment, these weeds have the potential to seriously damage Australia's ecosystems. See 'weeds search' reference for additional information.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Joseph. We used to call these helicopter trees when we were kids, and we had great fun with them. Beautiful design, and they fly really well.

What a lovely design these seeds and leaves have. Beautiful!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

These are beautiful, well-established trees in this park, and there are many in the area. Awesome to climb!! Not too much of a weed problem here (that I'm aware of anyway), but I guess the pods have a tendency to travel. Might be a problem in bush areas if they take hold.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Pity about the weedy habit as they're nice looking trees. The Gleditsia is the south American pest around here.. not quite weed status yet so they're still being sold commercially.

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Feb 1, 2014
Submitted on Feb 1, 2014

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