Banderas Bay Botanicals

African Tulip Tree
Tulipán Africano (Spanish)
Spathodea campanulata
The African Tulip Tree is now just starting to bloom. A large ornamental
tree up to 80 feet, it is a hybrid native from Africa and the only one of its
kind. The large red orange flowers are edged with yellow and look like tulip
blossoms, thus its name. The seeds are edible, the wood is used for carving
and making drums and the bark has laxative and antiseptic properties.
This plant is one of over 200 found in Sandra’s new color-coded guidebook,
Tropical Plant Walks of Puerto Vallarta. Available now at the Vallarta
Botanical Gardens’ gift shop www.vbgardens.org, Page in the Sun Bookstore
and from Sandra at the Paradise Community Center Farmer’s Market on
Saturdays. Information on Sandra’s many walking tours can be found at:
www.escaperoutevallarta.com.

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