Brachychiton populneus (seed pod), Kurrajong, San Pedro, California

AKA: Bottle tree, Lacebark kurrajong, Whiteflower kurrajong

 

Synonym: Brachychiton populneum?

 

Apparently, the little "hairs" on the seeds will penetrate your skin and cause some irritation. I didn't gather any empirical data on this matter...

 

I was walking between my hotel and a brewpub and saw these cool seed pods. I wasn't happy with my pictures when I reviewed them later, so I took a walk before my flight back home...

 

The flowers look like this.

 

Non-native

 

More info: wikipedia

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Taken on August 1, 2009