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IUCN: not evaluated
Family: FABACEAE Genus: Tipuana Species: tipu Species Author: (Benth.) Kuntze Vernacular: Pride of Bolivia, Rose Wood, Yellow Jacaranda Synonyms: Tipuana speciosa Benth.
A partially deciduous, wide crowned tree reaching heights of up to 15 m. The trunk is 10-20 cm diam., with grey or dark brown, furrowed bark. The leaves are comprised of 1-21 oblong leaflets 2.5 to 4 cm long. Flowers grow in clusters at the point where the leaf meets the twig. Flowers are yellow,about 1.5 cm across, with the flower shape typical of its relatives in the pea family. The fruit is a dry pod about 5 cm long with a single wing at the end and contains 1-3 seeds.
(Mabberley, D. J., 1997. The Plant-Book: A portable dictionary of the vascular plants. Second edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.)
That Tipuana tipu is a hardy tree, extremely drought resistant, and a high seed producer makes it a potentially invasive plant, although there is no evidence that it has become naturalized in Hawai’i. In Australia, the many fruits and leaves have been know to clog drains where it is planted as a street tree.