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Lophostemon confertus

Lophostemon confertus, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed on the grounds of the Kitale Club, Kitale, Kenya. April 2011. Notice that the leaves and flowering structures are free of insect feeding activity.

Large, elyptical leaves on a medium to large tree. Rather large white flowers with five petals have the numerous stamens fused into five columns opposite the petals. Hard, cup-shaped fruits have three fuzed, woody carpels and are densely spaced on very short pedicels. This non-native tree is originally Australia.

close-up of flower, Lophostemon confertus, photo © Michael Plagens close-up of woody fruits of Lophostemon confertus, photo © Michael Plagens

Myrtaceae -- Myrtle Family

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