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Xanthostemon Chrysanthus
Xanthostemon Chrysanthus
Botanical Name         : Xanthostemon Crysanthus
Common Name          : Gloden Penda, Golden Myrtle
Family                           : Myrtaceae
Origin                            : The Golden Penda is the floral emblem of Cairns and was introduced into Singapore from Australia in 1982. It is native to Australia, and is commonly found along the streams and gullies of the Queensland rainforest
Botanical Features
Form: Golden Penda is a medium-sized tree, ranging from 12-20 m in height. It has a dense, compact, dark glossy green crown that is oval to oblong in shape.
Leaf: The leaves are oval to lanceolate in shape, and are stiff with smooth edges. They range between 10-15 cm in size and are shiny dark green on top, and pale green below. The new flushes are reddish in colour.
Flower: The prominent and attractive flowers are bright yellow and arranged in large, dense, rounded, fluffy heads. The stamens are the showiest part of the flowers, while the petals are inconspicuous.
Fruit: The fruits are small capsules.
Trunk: The bark is smooth and brown in colour.
Points of Interest
The beautiful bright yellow flowers of the Golden Penda are a striking contrast against its dark green leaves, making it an excellent ornamental and garden tree.
Due to its compact form, it can also be planted along roadside verges where space may be limited, and it is increasingly being introduced into housing estates to add a splash of colour.
Its brilliant flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees and nectar-feeding birds. The tree yields a durable hardwood timber that can be used for furniture and woodwork.

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