Western Queensland Road Trip #2 Roma
In western Queensland, the landscape is punctuated by native trees with a distinctive shape. Brachychiton rupestris, commonly known as the Queensland bottle tree, has a bottle shaped trunk designed to store water in the dry climate.
A very unusual specimen has been planted in the garden at the Miles Historical Village.
Further west in Roma, the more typical type of bottle tree is celebrated.
With more than 100 years’ growth, the largest bottle tree in the Roma district has a circumference of 9.51 metres and a canopy spreading more than 20 metres across.
More bottle trees line many of Roma’s wide streets. In 1918, 140 trees were planted by local families in remembrance of their loved ones – soldiers lost on the battlefields of World War One.
All along the heritage listed avenue, plaques beside the trees acknowledge the service of each soldier.
These trees hold precious memories as well as water!