Yes...the Queensland bottle tree, Brachychiton rupestris.
That's it Ad Rad. A brachy thingie. I did actually check before I mouthed off my supposed ignorance. There is a mass planting avenue of them in Geelong.
It certainly looks like a bottle tree. Melbourne is full of oddities. For instance, when we lived there, the neighbours would send their kids off to the pool on what they termed was a hot day, while we were wearing jeans and t-shirts feeling barely warm. Odd. Of course we had just moved down from Sydney where it was quite a bit warmer.
Someone gave me a baby bottle tree as a housewarming gift when I lived in the sticks. It died of thirst. Of course, that might have had little to do with the type of tree or the location and a lot to do with the gardener.
aaah so that's where bottles come from!
Inappropriate dressing is something I might write about soon River. Old people getting around on a hot day and rugged up for winter is odd.Operator error then FruitCake.Fen, no bottles until the tree matures.
Don't know why people persist in growing outdoor plants in areas with inappropriate climatic conditions. There's a poor, sick bottle tree in the middle of a roundabout in one of Adelaide's lowest socioeconomic areas that apparently cost $6000 to put there. Not sure if an expensive slowly dying bottle tree provides hope or despair??
Me either Red. Surely it is meant to be in a more tropical environment.