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Markhamia lutea

Markhamia lutea, a tree with showy yellow flowers, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed blooming on the grounds of Nairobi National Museum, Kenya. March 2011. The leaf shown below is odd-pinnate and has nine leaflets.

compound leaf with 9 leaflets, Markhamia lutea, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

group of seed pods to Markhamia lutea, Kitale, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens TREE: A small or medium sized tree reaching rarely 15 m in height.

FLOWERS: Large, showy, yellow, tubular flowers are bilaterally symetrical with prominent pollinator guides in the throat.

LEAVES: Leaves are 30 to 50 cm long and pinnately compound. Dark green. Leaves are are alternate on the stems.

RANGE: Endemic tree in Kenya found in seasonally dry, open woodlands. Sometimes planted for landscape value. Generally distributed through Sub-Saharan Africa.

FRUIT: Long slender pods are compressed laterally and split open to release winged seeds.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Bignoniaceae -- Trumpet Vine Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 2 August 2011,
updated 21 February 2013