Yellow poui


Yellow poui, yellow Ipê, or golden trumpet tree is native to Mexico, Central America, northern South America, Ecuador and Peru. In its native range it reaches a height of 100 feet, with a trunk 2 or more feet in diameter. The crown is generally rounded. The leaves are greenish-yellow and are generally composed of five leaflets, each up to 5 inches long, with a rough surface. Flowers are up to 3 inches long and are grouped in terminal inflorescences. Fruits are slender, cylindrical pods, up to 1 foot long, with the surface covered by greenish-yellow hairs; when ripe they open length-wise to release many winged seeds. The tree sheds its leaves during winter and generally flowers twice during spring, almost in perfect synchrony throughout the campus. The generic name means Handro’s flower. The species name means golden flower. Yellow poui is the national tree of Venezuela.

The photographed tree is at the Research and Development Center. There are other trees east of the Sánchez Building, in the grounds of the chancellor’s house, in front of the faculty office building, and in the area of the old faculty residences.

Handroanthus chrysanthus (Bignoniaceae)