Spathodea campanulata

COMMON NAME

African tuliptree

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Bignoniaceae

NOTES

A large, fast-growing tree that is native of tropical African forests where it typically grows to as much as 80' tall, but In cultivation, it grows to a much shorter 40' tall. It is noted for producing an often extraordinary bloom of reddish-orange, tulip-like flowers at the tips of branches.  Flowers give way to greenish brown seed pods (to 8" long), each of which contains about 500 papery seeds with transparent winglets. Pods split open when ripe to release abundant seed to the wind. African tulip tree is considered to be an aggressive and invasive spreader in many tropical areas where it has been introduced.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Tropical Africa

NATIVE HABITAT

Tropical dry forests

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org

tropical.theferns.info



Spathodea campanulata