Prolific flower production of Brabejum stellatifolium may render these trees in festive costume at peak bloom time during a good year. Flower spikes of about 8 cm long grow in profusion from leaf axils at stem tips.
The usually bisexual flowers are white and sweetly scented; the four perianth sections of an opening flower separate from each other to the base. The small rusty bracts fall from the spike when the flowers open. The flowers are small (about 5 mm long) but numerous, opening to swell the thin, lemon-yellow spikes of buds into the wider, white flourishes that exalt the insect multitudes. Insectivorous birds don’t mind either.
Some bare branches covered in smooth, greyish brown bark are visible here as well (Coates Palgrave, 2002; www.plantzafrica.com).