One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two Australian trees with swollen bottle-shaped trunks containing water.
a relative of the flame tree occurring in Queensland (Brachychiton rupestre, family Sterculiaceae)
the Australian baobab of the Kimberley region (Adansonia gregorii, family Bombacaceae)
- ‘Not wanting to be seen, she ducked behind a bottle tree, peering suspiciously into the car.’
- ‘85 years ago, the people of Roma planted a series of bottle trees, each one marking a local soldier who had died during World War One.’
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