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Yellow Flame Tree

Peltophorum pterocarpum


Short description: fast growing deciduous tree that grows to 15-25m

Leaves: long strips of small leaves approx. 30-60cm long

Flowers/Fruit: bright yellow flowers with orange stamens that blossom from March – June and Sept - Nov., followed by four-inch-long black seed pods which ripen to a dark red


What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • No flowering

  • Fully ripened fruit

  • Open seed pods

  • Seeds dropped to ground

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them. 

Help scientists answer the question: "How are our animals, plants and ecosystems responding to climate change?"

When To Look

Flowering occurs from March – June and September to November.

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout all year!

Where To Look

Northern Territory and Queensland.

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes outside of their known ranges so remember to keep a lookout beyond these regions too!

Yellow Flame Tree distribution map - GBIF

Yellow Flame Tree distribution map - GBIF



  • Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants, Edition 6, 2010
  • Singapore Government, National Parks - Flora and Fauna Web
  • Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) 2018
  • Experts consulted: ClimateWatch Science Advisory Panel


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    Poinciana (Red flame tree) will look similar when not it flower. Poinciana flowers are red and its seed pods are longer (20 - 70 cm) that remain on the tree for most of the year. 

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