||Spathe-shaped; referring to the calyx
|| Bell-shaped; referring to the flower
||Bignonia tulipifera Schum., Spathodea tulipifera (Schum.) G.Don
||Tropical west Africa
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.
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.
ReferencesRao AN & WC Wee (1989) Singapore Trees. Singapore Institute of Biology, Singapore. 357 pp.
Posted Date: 2015-04-12 / Modified Date: 2015-04-12