Saturday, March 13, 2010

Today's Flowers #84: Yellow Ipê, Tabebuia chrysantha

Several weeks ago, during the Chinese New Year, Grace and I made a day trip to the Southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung. We saw this flowering tree by the road, it had no leaves but with beautiful clusters of yellow flowers. The trees are over two-story high. We have no idea what it is and thought that the flower very much looks like the flowers of rhododendron or azalea. Then we thought that it may be the deciduous rhododendron that we once planted on Cape Cod.

However, after much search of the Kaohsiung city government website and internet, we realized that it is Yellow Ipê (黃花風鈴木), Tabebuia chrysantha. Chrysantha is derived from Greek words of Golden Flower. It is a deciduous intertropical broadleaf of South America. It is the national Tree of Venezuela.

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14 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

A beautiful South American flower on your side of the planet. It is doing well!

Tyra i Vaxholm said...

Wow what a lovely colour and exciting shot.

eileeninmd said...

Simply beautiful! Love the color!

Carver said...

Beautiful flower. I love the color and the curling form.

Denise said...

I am so glad you did some investigation on this beautiful bloom. Thank you very much for sharing and have a great week.

Regina said...

Amazing golden bloom!

Ruth said...

So yellow! Love the color. Great shot!

guild-rez said...

I have seen flowering Tabuia trees on caribbean islands. Love your picture!
Great shot.

Maria said...

A lovely macro shot! I enlarged it - wow! Really exciting!

Arija said...

What a great find and detective work. It is always so satisfying to not only discover something new, but also to be able to identify it. Great post.

Jama said...

Beautiful! love that busting color of yellow.

RuneE said...

It had a fitting name indeed, though I agree that it was not unlike rhododendrons. Rhododendrons are my favourite flowers and I always look forward to May, when they really show off here.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Lovely.

Just want to wish you HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Have you a great one!

hugs

shakira

Oscar Wilde-The IRISH Gentleman

ART OF GENEROSITY

shu said...

Fun facts!

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