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Genus Handroanthus Family Bignoniaceae

Description: Deciduous or semi-deciduous trees.

Leaves opposite, palmately compound, usually with 3 or 5 leaflets, often with dendritic and/or stellate hairs.

Flowers often in terminally clustered cymes; calyx campanulate to cupular, 5-dentate; corolla tubular-campanulate, predominantly yellow or pink.

Capsule long and narrow, sparsely to densely hairy.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 30 species, Central and South America, frequently cultivated as ornamental trees with their large showy flowers; Australia: 2 species sparingly naturalised in New South Wales.

Some species previously included in Tabebuia; also related to Roseodendron. Source of timber and medicinal products.

Text by P.G. Kodela, April 2017
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed April 2017)

 Key to the species 
1Leaves (including petiole, petiolules and leaflet surfaces) covered with brownish stellate hairs; flower corolla yellow often with reddish longitudinal veins in throatHandroanthus chrysotrichus
Leaves ± glabrous or sparsely hairy mostly with simple or pilose hairs (mainly on veins and/or in tufts in vein axils along midvein); flower corolla pink usually with yellowish throatHandroanthus impetiginosus

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