Lophostemon confertus (Brush box)

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Lophostemon confertus (Brush box)

Postby tarnuk » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:24 pm

The street tree outside my place is a Lophostemon confertus (Brush box). I admit to not being overly fond of it.

The tree drops its thick rubbery leaves and also lots of hard, woody seed capsules. These rounded seed cases sit on the footpath and take ages to rot away. I think it's like having a cluster of marbles scattered there.

I am fit and agile, although I often wonder if a less mobile person might come to grief after slipping on the capsuled path. I sweep the area at least once a week, but there always seems to be plenty, seemingly in wait for a victim. I hope this is making sense!

Now the thing is that there are lots of brush boxes in my area. I have noticed that some do drop lots of seed cases, but others don't.

Is this just my imagination? Or are there male and female trees?
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