Tabebuia rosea        

Tabebuia rosea (Bertol.) DC.

Family       : Bignoniaceae

Common Name : ട്രമ്പറ്റ്‌ ട്രീ (Mal)

: Pink trumpet tree(Eng)

IUCN Status : Least concern (LC) -

Pink trumpet is a tall, fast-growing tree reaching 25 to 30 m high and 1 m d.b.h. The crown is wide, stratified, and irregular, with a few thick, horizontal branches; the bole is straight, sometimes channeled at base. Leaves are palmately divided into 5 unequal leaflets. The oval/oblong leaflets have a rough-to-touch surface, entire margin and a pointed tapering tip. The central leaflet is larger than the rest. The leaflet size is variable between 3-18 inches. Flowering occurs between December and February, when the tree bursts into panicles of pink trumpet shaped flowers with yellow throats.

Deciduous trees, up to 20 m tall; bark grayish-brown, rough. Leaves opposite, digitately pinnate; leaflets usually 5, often unequal, 5-30 x 2-12 cm, elliptic or oblong lanceolate, acuminate at apex, obtuse to rounded at base; lateral nerves 6-9 pairs, slender; petiolules 1.4-3.5 cm long. Flowers in cymose panicles. Calyx cupular, bilabiate, densely lepidote, 1-2 cm. Corolla pink, glabrous outside, 6-10 cm long and 5-7 cm across, lobes 5, subequal, margins wavy. Stamens included within the corolla tube. Capsules slender up to 30 x 1 cm; seeds numerous with membraneous wings.

Use: It is an Exotic and a Garden plant

Distribution : Native of Central America

Flowering & Fruiting : December-June