Weeping Boer-bean

Schotia brachypetala

Schotia brachypetala, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Cultivated in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. December 2015.

flower with visiting Apis melifera of Schotia brachypetala, photo © Michael Plagens

The moderate climate of Nairobi can support the growth of plants from almost any tropical or temperate climate. This particular tree was growing in a housing development project and is about 10 m tall. The red flowers are borne in capitate clusters and have very short petals; they were being visited by honey bees. The leaves are pinnately compound with about seven pairs of leaves. The vibrant green leaves were free of insect damage, a clue to this plant's exotic origin of South Africa. This tree appears lusher than any of the specimens growing in its native habitat.

Schotia brachypetala, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Caesalpinioideae - Senna Sub-Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 04 Jan. 2016.