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Handroanthus chrysotrichus / Tabebuia chrysantha - Golden trumpet tree


Native to:



Parts of Central and north-western South America

Clearings of deciduous tropical forests. Tree up to 25 meters, up to 2300 meters above sea level.

Handroanthus chrysotrichus / Tabebuia chrysantha - Golden trumpet tree

Ecological value:

Showy flowers, fruits during dry season, moderately drought tolerant. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds including glittering-bellied emerald hummingbirds (Chlorostilbon lucidus) and white-throated hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis). Useful honey plant. Tolerant of salt-laden winds.

Material uses:

Good quality hardwood, known as Ipe. Very heavy and hard, and durable including when in contact with soil. Fungi and termite resistant. Used for outdoor furniture, general construction, for handles and high quality furniture/cabinetry. Veneer.

Edible uses:

Some records claim the flowers are edible.

Medicinal use:

Bark used to treat syphilis.

Other details:

Ornamental tree: yellow blooms on leafless tree. National tree of Venezuela. Handroanthus belongs to a genus of 30 species of trees. Previously known as Tabebuia chrysantha. Tabebuia spp has similar characteristics to Handroanthus spp.


Christine Facella


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Image source: Veronidae.

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