Tabebuia heterophylla

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Tabebuia heterophylla
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Tabebuia
T. heterophylla
Binomial name
Tabebuia heterophylla
  • Bignonia leucoxylon L.
  • Bignonia pentaphylla L. nom. illeg.
  • Handroanthus pentaphyllus Mattos nom. illeg.
  • Leucoxylon acuminata Raf.
  • Leucoxylon riparia Raf.
  • Pilocarpus heterophyllus (DC.) A. Gray
  • Raputia heterophylla DC.
  • Tabebuia arenicola Britton
  • Tabebuia beyeri Urb. & Ekman
  • Tabebuia brigandina Urb. & Ekman
  • Tabebuia camagueyensis Britton & P.Wilson
  • Tabebuia capotei Borhidi
  • Tabebuia curtissii (Britton) Britton
  • Tabebuia dictyophylla Urb.
  • Tabebuia geronensis Britton
  • Tabebuia gonavensis Urb.
  • Tabebuia leptopoda Urb.
  • Tabebuia lindahlii Urb. & Ekman
  • Tabebuia lucida Britton
  • Tabebuia pentaphylla Hemsl.
  • Tabebuia riparia (Raf.) Sandwith
  • Tabebuia triphylla DC.
  • Tecoma eggersii Kraenzl.
  • Tecoma pentaphylla (L.) A. DC.
  • Tecoma pentaphylla Juss. nom. illeg.
  • Tecoma triphylla Mart. ex DC. nom. inval.

Tabebuia heterophylla is a species of Tabebuia native to the Caribbean islands of South America and to the Swan Islands of Honduras, and is also cultivated. It is also known as pink manjack, pink trumpet tree, white cedar, and whitewood.[2]


Tabebuia heterophylla grows up to 20 to 30 feet tall. It is palmate and compound and has green leaves that are evergreen throughout most of its range. In the spring and summer, one can see its pink or white flowers Tabebuia heterophylla flowers followed by seedpods that are long and slender. The fruit of the Tabebuia heterophylla grows to about 3 to 12 inches and is dry and brown. This characteristic of the fruit enables it to be showy, but does not attract wildlife.[3]Tabebuia Heterophylla fruit

This tree is valuable for its timber production and grown for such purposes on plantations. It is commonly harvested from the wild for use locally and for export. [4]Pink manjack is used as a street tree. Its height allows for it to provide lasting shade and as a result it can provide shade for a residential property near the patio or deck. Its floral display allow it to be valued and as a result, it is known as an ornamental tree.

Flower Anatomy[edit]

The flowers of the Tabebuia heterophylla are in an inflorescence of the umbellate type. It is a perfect and complete flower with radial (actinomorphic) symmetry, and the whorls of the corrolla and the calyx are connately joined. The ovary is superior with an axile placentation, two locules and two carpels.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Tabebuia heterophylla". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. ^ Gilman, Edward F., et al. “Tabebuia Heterophylla: Pink Trumpet Tree.” EDIS New Publications RSS, Environmental Horticulture, 29 Mar. 2019,
  4. ^ Fern, Ken, and Ajna Fern. “Tabebuia Heterophylla.” No Record - Useful Tropical Plants, Useful Tropical Plants Database, 2014, heterophylla.