Blood-Red Trumpet Tree
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Blood-Red Trumpet Tree
E Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Blood-Red Trumpet Tree
Botanical name: Tabebuia haemantha    Family: Bignoniaceae (Jacaranda family)
Synonyms: Bignonia haemantha, Tecoma haemantha

Blood-Red Trumpet Tree is a shrub or a small tree up to 8 m in height and 15 cm in basal diameter. It is easily identified by its blood-red, tubular flowers 3-5 cm long with five irregular petals. Flowers are borne in panicles of several to many flowers on short branches. Commonly, plants are 3-5 m in height and 4-8 cm in diameter. Young plants usually have a single stem, until they have been damaged mechanically or by fire. Older plants often develop multiple stems by spontaneously sprouting just above the ground level. The bark is gray, smooth except for a slight fissuring. There are relatively few branches. Twigs are light gray and slightly flattened below the nodes. The plant has evergreen digitately compound leaves. There are three or five stiff, leathery leaflets on a stout 2.5-5.0 cm leaf-stalk. The 3-15 cm long leaflet blades are elliptic or ovate with entire edges and rounded to pointed at the tip. Capsules are 6-11 cm long and contain many membranous two-winged seeds 1.9 cm long. Blood-Red Trumpet Tree is endemic to the island of Puerto Rico, near the Caribbean region.

Identification credit: Aarti Khale Photographed in Dattaji Salvi Udyan, Mumbai.

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