|Tabebuia at the Tasek Bestari (CNB 2013)|
July sees the blooming of flowers on many of our roadside trees and also trees in the parks. Among the most beautiful and colourful are the Tabebuia or 'trumpet' trees. We were passing by the Bestari Lake in Shah Alam and noticed that some of the Tabebuia trees had pretty blossoms of yellow, pink, purple or white and the area looked like a natural wonderland. Unfortunately the Tabebuia blossoms do not last long and after only 2-3 days, the flowers are all gone. C'est la vie!
Plant facts: Family Bignoniceae, Origin: American tropics and subtropics from Mexico and Caribbean to Argentina. In 1992 Gentry listed 99 species + 1 hybrid, but in 2007 were revised into 3 separate genera: Tabebuia (67 species), Primavera & Roseodendron.
(Pic: Tabebuia in USM)