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Tulip Oaks

Photo: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey

Tulip Oaks, Argydendron spp.

  • One of the more common rainforest trees are the 'Tulip Oaks', which are of course not at all related to the northern hemisphere Oaks.

  • They have a distinctive ‘rocket ship’ shape to the trunk, with flanged buttress roots and a straight, tall trunk. The roots and trunk have a reddish shade.

  • Every few ‘mast’ years there is an explosion of their distinctive seeds; small round seeds with a single large wing (pictured) that produces a whirled flight when released from the top of the tree.

  • Many do not whirl that far, and the trees are often surrounded by a small carpet of seedlings.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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