Tabebuia chrysotricha

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Tabebuia chrysotricha
Ipê (Avaré) REFON.jpg
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: /ˌtæbˈbjuːiə ˌkrɪsˈtrɪkə/ tab-i-BEW-i-ə kris-o-TRIK), commonly known as the golden trumpet tree, is a semi-evergreen/semi-deciduous (shedding foliage for a short period in late spring)[1] tree from Brasil. 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 Brasil.


T. chrysotricha grows to a height of 5 to 8 m (15 to 25 ft), sometimes up to 20 m (50 ft),[1] with a spread of 8 to 11 m (25 to 35 ft). 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.[2]

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

Concern has been raised that it is becoming a weed in tropical and sub-tropical Australia, though it has not yet been declared.[3]


A 2007 DNA study of various members classified under the Tabebuia genus has shown that many members of the taxon 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.[4] Tabebuia chrysotricha has been recategorized as Handroanthus chrysotrichus, characterized by the hardness of its wood and high lapachol content.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gilman, Edward F.; Watson, Dennis G. (21 March 2007). "ENH-772/ST614: Tabebuia chrysotricha: Golden Trumpet Tree". University of Florida. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Baza Mendonça & dos Anjos (2005)
  3. ^ Technigro Australia Pty. Ltd (2013)
  4. ^ Susan O. Grose and R. G. Olmstead
  5. ^ Susan O. Grose and R. G. Olmstead

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