Bignonia aurea Silva Manso
Bignonia squamellulosa DC.
Gelseminum caraiba (Mart.) Kuntze
Handroanthus caraiba (Mart.) Mattos
Handroanthus leucophloeus (Mart. ex A.DC.) Mattos
Tabebuia argentea (Bureau & K.Schum.) Britton
Tabebuia caraiba (Mart.) Bureau
Tabebuia suberosa Rusby
Tecoma argentea Bureau & K.Schum.
Tecoma aurea (Silva Manso) A.DC.
Tecoma caraiba Mart.
Tecoma leucophloeus Mart. ex A.DC.
Tecoma squamellulosa A.DC.
Tecoma trichocalycina A.DC.
Cultivated flowering trees in India
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
Tabebuia aurea is an evergreen tree growing 20 - 40 metres tall in the moister areas of its range, though it is often deciduous and rather smaller when growing in savannahs and other drier areas[
]. The crooked bole, which can be 30 - 40cm in diameter, is clad with a thick bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally, and also as a source of medicines. A very ornamental tree, especially when in bloom, it is used in landscaping[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Surinam.
A wide diversity ranging from rainforests in the north of its range to seasonally very dry savannah country in the south[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
This tree is found in a wide variety of habitats - forms from the north of its range succeed in marshy or seasonally inundated soils whilst forms from the south grow in well-drained, seasonally very dry soils[
]. Growing wild in harsh conditions, it may develop 'rubbery' growth and become unstable in overly fertile soil[
Freshly planted young trees are slow to establish and grow away[
The leaves are purgative[
The wood is hard, moderately heavy, of low resistance to rot[
]. It is moderately textured, of irregular grain and extremely flexible[
]. It is used for tool handles, objects that need to be curved, flexible rulers, furniture, frames, construction etc[
Seed - remains viable for at least 4 months. It is best sown as soon as it is ripe in individual containers. The germination rate is usually over 50%, with seeds sprouting in 10 - 20 days[
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