Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Deplanchea tetraphylla (R.Br.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1889) Second Systematic Census of Australian Plants : 167.
Deplanchea; Golden Bouquet Tree; Wallaby Wireless Tree; Yellow Pagoda Flower Tree; Bignonia
Blaze darkening to orange brown on exposure.
Leaf bearing twigs robust, about 0.7-1.2 cm diameter. Leaf blade usually large, up to 30 x 15 cm.
Fruit about 9-11 cm long. Seed wing transparent, very thin and easily broken. Cotyledons bilobed or deeply emarginate at the apex.
Cotyledons deeply emarginate at the apex, forming two rounded lobes, a few short hairs scattered over the upper surface. First pair of leaves bluntly toothed. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf margin crenate, upper surface of the leaf blade and petioles hairy. Seed germination time 14 days.
Widespread in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 600 m. Usually not found in well developed rain forest but grows in beach forest, monsoon forest and on rain forest margins. Also occurs in New Guinea.
One of the common names used for this species (Wallaby Wireless Tree) alludes to the fact that wallabies are fond of the fallen flowers of this species and once the flowers fall, the news seems to spread quickly throughout the wallaby population, who then assemble to partake of the apparently tasty fare.
Produces a useful general purpose timber.
Wood specific gravity 0.49. Cause et al. (1989).