Cynometra's are another type of tree with a 'tassel', although this one is not as large as those previously mentioned, they are usually bright pink and quite spectacular. This particular one is Cynometra ramiflora, and it also has highly scented cream coloured flowers, which makes this tree a lovely addition to the garden.
Cynometra ramiflora and its slightly better known cousin iripa (or Wrinkle Pod Mangrove) are found in mangrove and rainforest areas throughout Northern Australia and South East Asia, and can grow up to 15 metres in ideal conditions. As we know however, we do not have ideal conditions here in the Wet-Dry Tropics, so we are unlikely to get more than 6 metres out of these trees. They do have a tendency to grow wider than they do tall and will tolerate a bit of gentle 'shaping', so are often good candidates for large container growing, or in areas where you need a short, wide canopy.
So there it is, the beginning of a journey down the path of 'tassel trees', hopefully this will inspire you to look for these trees in your community. Or even better, inspire you to look for the unique in all of the plants around you, trust us, once you start you will be delighted with what you find!