Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ipê trees

Some weeks ago I posted images of our ipê trees in bloom. Shortly thereafter, all the blooms fell to the ground making for a carpet of yellow (top Image). In more recent times we were shuffling our feet through layers of seeds (the bottom two images). There are many species of ipês in Brazil. The big trees cut for lumber are found in the high forest of the Amazon. Then there others to be found in the tropical savanna. Small dwarf trees, which knock your eyes out when they are in bloom. And there are others, some used for decorating our streets. According to Guilhereme, we have at least four different species at the Fundação. The genus is Tabebuia. The family is Bignoniaceae. Another common name for ipê is pau dárco, bow wood.

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