Thursday, January 15, 2009
A perennial tree at the east campus of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Sarawak, Malaysia, has caught my eyes. I have never seen a plant with such a unique flower as this. A specialist on ornamental plants has identified the species as African tulip (Spathodea campanulata). The genus Spathodea belongs to the Bignoniaceae plant Family. Bignoniaceae is comprised of more than 100 genera distributed mainly in the South American tropics. Of the 100 or more genera, eight are indegenous to Malaysia, while some are introduced into the country as ornamental plants and "landscape plants"