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J. mimosifolia

Jacaranda, a cultivated tree with showy purple flowers, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed blooming in Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.

TREE: A large tree at maturity with gray, scaly bark.

FLOWERS: Large, cluster of vivid puple-blue flowers. Like other members of the family they are bilaterally symetrical with pollinator guides in the throat.

LEAVES: Leaves are 20 to 35 cm long and finely, pinnately compound. Their appearance is like leaves of some acacias.

RANGE: This tree, native to South America, has been planted widely due to the attractive flowers and abundant shade.

FRUIT: An oblong, flattened, woody disc with a crinkled edge.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Bignoniaceae -- Trumpet Vine Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 2 August 2011