Golden Penda
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Golden Penda
P Introduced Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Golden Penda
Botanical name: Xanthostemon chrysanthus    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Metrosideros chrysantha, Nania chrysantha

Golden Penda is a tree to 10-15 m tall and 5-8 metres wide in the wild. It is generally much more compact in gardens. The bark is rough and the habit bushy. The shiny green elliptic leaves measuring 7-22 cm long by 2-9.5 cm wide, are arranged in whorls. The flower-heads, or racemes, are at branch-ends or in leaf-axils and measure up to 15 cm in diameter. They are made up of numerous small, 1–2 cm diameter, individual golden flowers. Flowering is followed by small, 1-1,5 cm wide, green or brown woody capsules which are ripe between August and February. Flowers can appear at any time of year. Golden Penda is native to Australia.

Identification credit: Amber Srivastava Photographed in Sant Asharamji Ashram, Lucknow.

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