This gorgeous tree beside my house is the "Ipê Rosa" (Tabebuia pentaphylla), in English known as Pink tabebuia, Pink tecoma, Pink trumpet, Pink poui and Rosy trumpet-tree. We can see Tabebuia flowers profusely in winter and they can be seen in several places surrounds my neighborhood and also in quite a few places in the country. Leaves are dropped March through June. The tree draws attention because of its profuse flowering and the falling blooms make a dense carpet below. Tabebuia consists of about 20 species and occurs in practically every Latin American country. June and July are the months of the magnificent pink tubular flowers. (See another species of Tabebuia)
O Ipê rosa (Tabebuia pentaphylla) é o primeiro dos Ipês a florir no ano, inicia a floração em Junho, mas ainda pode ser encontrado com flores até Setembro. Esta espécie se confunde bastante com outras espécies, como a Tabebuia impetiginosa e a Tabebuia heptaphylla. (Veja outras espécies de Tabebuia)
Ipê rosa full of green leaves
The leaves begin to fall...
Flora and the tapestry of fallen leaves
Those flowers attract many bees (this huge bee is known as "mamangaba"), wasps, birds, hummingbirds and butterflies.
Photos were taken by Sonia A. Mascaro (June 2007)
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