I am sad to say that I haven’t yet seen flowers for this rather discreet rainforest tree, the Red Penda, but from what I can see from the photos available online, the flowers of this species are no less spectacular than the widely cultivated Golden Penda.
I find it hard to say what are the distinguishing feature of this but I must say it was quite a kick getting this right the first time.
The leaves and especially leaf buds are red-rusty hairy.
The leaves are alternately arranged, somewhat dark hairy and obovate shaped, tapering to the base and attached to the twig by a rather short leaf stalk. On the leaf underside the hark hairs show up conspicuosly on the venation, thereby highlighting the vein pattern.
More when I find flowers.