Xanthostemon paradoxus F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von in Hooker, W.J. (1857) Hooker's Journal of Botany & Kew Garden Miscellany 9 9: 17. Type: Northern Territtory, Sea Range, Victoria River, Dec. 1855, F. Mueller; lecto: MEL 63369.
Bridal Tree; Northern Penda; Penda, Northern
Cream or pale, brittle stripes usually visible in the outer blaze.
Calyx tube (hypanthium) pubescent, about 2-2.5 x 5-5.5 mm, lobes pubescent, about 2-2.5 mm long, marked by oil glands. Petals pubescent, +/- orbicular, about 4-5 mm diam., marked by oil glands. Staminal filaments bright yellow, about 7-10 mm long, each inserted in an orifice in the base of the anther, anthers about 1.5 mm long. Ovary surrounded by and half enveloped in the calyx tube (hypanthium). Ovary glabrous, about 2 mm diam., placentas peltate. Style yellow, about 25 mm long. Stigma small and terminal.
Cotyledons reniform to almost orbicular, about 6-7 x 6-10 mm. Oil dots numerous, easily seen with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to obovate, apex acute, base attenuate or cuneate, upper and lower surfaces clothed in long, white hairs; oil dots large, visible to the naked eye; petiole, stem and terminal bud densely clothed in long, silky, white hairs. Seed germination time 9 to 14 days.
A species commonly cultivated in the Darwin area for its shady habit and the large bunches of yellow flowers which attract birds.