Diagnostic: Spathodea campanulata is a common tree found in our secondary forests. The tree has straggly branches, pinnate leaves, and with a pair of rounded stipules at the leaf base. It flowers frequently, and the red flowers makes they easily identifiable.
Interesting Facts: The African Tulip was one of our early pioneers of cultivated greenery. It was introduced to Singapore in 1910 from Europe (Rao & Wee, 1989). However, it's straggly form and branches being proned to snapping makes it fall out of favour eventually. By then, it has already naturalised itself in secondary forests.
|A lone tree in Queenstown.||Leaflets; note there that is a paired of swollen glands at the tip.|
|Paired round stipules.||Inflorescences from a distance.|
|Inflorescences closed up.||Upward pointing fruit pods.|
Rao AN & WC Wee (1989) Singapore Trees. Singapore Institute of Biology, Singapore. 357 pp.
|Posted on 12-Apr-2015 / Last Updated on 12-Apr-2015|