Tabebuia chrysotricha

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Tabebuia chrysotricha
Ipê (Avaré) REFON.jpg
Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Tribe: Tecomeae
Genus: Tabebuia
Species: T. chrysotricha
Binomial name
Tabebuia chrysotricha
(Mart. ex DC.) Standl.

Handroanthus chrysotrichus
Gelseminum chrysotrichum (Mart. ex A. DC.) Kuntze
Handroanthus chrysotrichus (Mart. ex A. DC.) Mattos
Handroanthus chrysotrichus var. obtusata (A. DC.) Mattos
Handroanthus pedicellatus (Bureau & K. Schum. ex Mart.) Mattos
Tabebuia chrysotricha var. obtusata (A. DC.) Toledo
Tabebuia flavescens
Tabebuia pedicellata
Tecoma chrysotricha Mart. ex A. DC.M
Tecoma chrysotricha var. obtusata (A. DC.) Bureau & K. Schum. ex Mart.
Tecoma flavescens (Velloso) Mart. ex A. DC.
Tecoma grandis F. Kränzl.
Tecoma obtusata A. DC.
Tecoma ochracea var. denudata Cham. Tecoma pedicellata Bureau & K. Schum. ex Mart.

Tabebuia chrysotricha (Pronunciation: tab-eh-BOO-yuh kriss-oh-TRICK-uh, /tɑːbɛˈbʊɪɑː/ /krɪsˈtrɪkʌ/), commonly known as the golden trumpet tree, is an evergreen tree from Brazil. It is very similar to and often confused with Tabebuia ochracea. In Portuguese it is called "ipê amarelo" and is considered the national tree of Brazil.


T. chrisotricha grows to a height of 25 to 35 feet, with a spread of 25 to 35 feet. It has very showy golden-yellow to red flowers in the spring. These are rich in nectar and thus the tree is a useful honey plant. While it is not especially popular with hummingbirds, some of these - e.g. glittering-bellied emerald (Chlorostilbon lucidus) and white-throated hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis) - seem to prefer them over the flowers of other Tabebuia species.[1]

The golden trumpet tree is grown outside Brazil as a street tree and garden tree. The USDA rates it for hardiness zones 10 through 11, and moderately drought-tolerant.


A 2007 DNA study of various members classified under the Tabebuia family has shown that many members of the family were polyphyletic (similar characteristics not inherited from common ancestors), as such two genera have been resurrected to separate these members into three separate clades: Roseodendron, Handroanthus, and Tabebuia. [2] Tabebuia Chrysotricha has been recategorized as Handroanthus chrysotrichus, characterized by the hardness of its wood and high lapachol content. [3]


  1. ^ Baza Mendonça & dos Anjos (2005)
  2. ^ Susan O. Grose and R. G. Olmstead
  3. ^ Susan O. Grose and R. G. Olmstead


  • Baza Mendonça, Luciana & dos Anjos, Luiz (2005): Beija-flores (Aves, Trochilidae) e seus recursos florais em uma área urbana do Sul do Brasil [Hummingbirds (Aves, Trochilidae) and their flowers in an urban area of southern Brazil]. [Portuguese with English abstract] Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 22(1): 51–59. doi:10.1590/S0101-81752005000100007 PDF fulltext
  • Susan O. Grose and R. G. Olmstead (2007): Taxonomic Revisions in the Polyphyletic Genus Tabebuia s. l. (Bignoniaceae). Systematic Botany "32"(3):660-670. abstract

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