A small spreading tree 5-10 metres in height.
slightly rough, cream to grey with longitudinal fissures.
Alternate, smooth, broad, ovate, blade 8 to 20 cm x 5 to 15 cm, glossy
green above, paler with tiny hairs near midrib, below, occasionally 2
lobes at base, stalk 3 to 5 cm long.
Large, bright orange, trumpet shaped, 3.5 to 5 cm long, in groups of 6
to 20 in terminal or upper axillary inflorescence.
Smooth, near globular, dry woody nuts, 2 to 3 cm x 1.5 to 2.5 cm, persistent
calyx at tip, pendulous, grey brown when ripe, contains 1 to 2 seeds.
February to May or June
March to May
Large, heart shaped glossy leaves, clusters of bright-orange
trumpet-shaped flowers, hard globular nuts
Coastal regions, on foreshore and dunes, monsoon vine thickets on stabilised
dunes or low cliffs, above the beach, or occasionally at rear fringe of
mangroves, monsoon forests associated with lowland freshwater streams.
From fresh seed, adapts to moist well drained soil. A colourful small
screening tree, well suited to coastal rehabilitation
Seeds are edible, firewood
Darwin, Arnhem land, Kimberley, north Queensland, PNG, pan tropical from
SE Asia to Mozambique