Jacaranda, or fern-tree, is native to Argentina and Bolivia. It reaches a height of 50 feet, with a trunk 1.5 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 18 inches long and have over a thousand leaflets. Flowers are up to 1.75 inches long and are grouped in terminal inflorescences up to 1 foot long. Fruits are pods up to 2 inches wide that open along the border to liberate many small winged seeds. It flowers and produces fruits during spring and summer. The generic name derives from common name for the tree in Brazil. The species name refers to the similarity of the leaf to that of a mimosa.

The photographed trees are south of the air conditioning plant and were planted by Carlos Figueroa in 1990. There are other trees north of the Art Museum and Academic Senate Building, and in the Research and Development Center.

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Bignoniaceae)