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Native to tropical Africa, African tulip tree is a fast-growing evergreen tree. It is known to infest disturbed rainforest, where it out-competes native vegetation. African tulip trees are sometimes planted as ornamentals or street trees.
Evergreen tree growing very quickly up to 24 m tall. Leaves are about 20 cm long, oval-shaped, strongly veined, bronze when young, deep glossy green when mature. Leaflets are leathery, leaf stalks are 6-15 cm long. Flower buds are bronze-green, velvety, in large, flat clusters. Flowers are large, orange-red, with yellow frilly edges. Seed capsules are reddish-brown, up to 20 cm long.
Spotted on Jan 18, 2016
Submitted on Feb 2, 2016