Tecoma stans

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Tecoma stans
Yellow elder.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Tecoma
Species: T. stans
Binomial name
Tecoma stans
(L.) Juss. ex Kunth
  • Bignonia frutescens Mill. Synonym
  • Bignonia incisa DC. [Invalid] Synonym
  • Bignonia sorbifolia Salisb. Synonym
  • Bignonia stans L. Synonym
  • Bignonia tecoma Wehmer Synonym
  • Bignonia tecomoides DC. Synonym
  • Gelseminum stans (L.) Kuntze Synonym
  • Stenolobium incisum Rose & Standl. Synonym
  • Stenolobium quinquejugum Loes. Synonym
  • Stenolobium stans (L.) Seem. Synonym
  • Stenolobium stans var. apiifolium (DC.) Seem. Synonym
  • Stenolobium stans var. multijugum R.E.Fr. Synonym
  • Stenolobium stans var. pinnatum Seem. Synonym
  • Stenolobium tronadora Loes. Synonym
  • Tecoma incisa (Rose & Standl.) I.M.Johnst. Synonym
  • Tecoma molle Kunth Synonym
  • Tecoma stans var. angustatum Rehder Synonym
  • Tecoma stans var. apiifolia DC. Synonym
  • Tecoma stans var. stans Synonym
  • Tecoma tronadora (Loes.) I.M.Johnst. Synonym
  • Tecoma velutina Lindl. Synonym

Tecoma stans is a species of flowering perennial shrub in the trumpet vine family, Bignoniaceae, that is native to the Americas. Common names include yellow trumpetbush,[2] yellow bells,[2] yellow elder,[2] ginger-thomas. Tecoma stans is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands and the floral emblem of the Bahamas.


Yellow trumpetbush -- Tecoma stans
(Tecoma stans) yellow bell flowers at Tenneti Park 02.JPG

Yellow trumpetbush is an attractive plant that is cultivated as an ornamental. It has sharply toothed, lance-shaped green leaves and bears large, showy, bright golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. It is drought-tolerant and grows well in warm climates. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.[3] The plant produces pods containing yellow seeds with papery wings. The plant is desirable fodder when it grows in fields grazed by livestock. Yellow trumpetbush is a ruderal species, readily colonizing disturbed, rocky, sandy, and cleared land and occasionally becoming an invasive weed.


  1. ^ theplantlist.org
  2. ^ a b c "Tecoma stans". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  3. ^ For example the sapphire-spangled emerald (Amazilia lactea) in Brazil (Baza Mendonça & dos Anjos 2005)

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