Bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestris)
Walk north along Ann Street to take the steps at the Shrine of Remembrance down to Anzac Square to some unusual bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestris).
Their common name comes from their unusual habit of developing a swollen trunk. The trees are related to the popular flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius).
Anzac Square is a national war memorial, dedicated on Remembrance Day of 11 November 1930. It has three pathways that converge - one each for the air force, army and navy.
Colonel Cameron, a light horseman from the Boer War, donated these trees to the square in honour of the Queensland contingents who fought in the war. It's believed that he took the trees from his Roma property.
At least three of the bottle trees have been replaced over the years:
* one in the middle of the walkway in the 1970s
* a second in the 1980s, replaced with a tree donated from private land at Wynnum
* a tree from Roma was planted in recent years to replace a third tree lost from wound decay
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