Bridal veil


Bridal veil is native to Colombia, Venezuela, and Guyana. It reaches a height of 50 feet, with a crown up to 75 feet wide, and a short trunk 2 or more feet in diameter. The bark is smooth and has attractive shades of gray, green and yellow. The leaves are twice compund, up to 3.5 inches long, and have six to eight leaflets per unit. Flowers are about three quarters of an inch wide and are grouped in small inflorescences. Fruits are pods up to 3 inches long that fall intact to the ground. The Spanish common name means ax breaker, indicating that the wood is very hard. The generic name honors the Italian botanist Andrea Cesalpino (1519-1603). The species name means dotted, probably in reference to the appearance of the leaves.

The photographed tree is in front of the de Diego Building and was planted in 1917 by Henry Cowles. There are several other trees in the campus; for example, across from the Dean of Students’ building, north of the Physics Building, southeast of the Nursing Building, behind the residence occupied by the Institute for the Development of Online Learning and Teaching (IDEAL), and northeast of the new Agricultural Sciences greenhouses; the last two were planted by Severo Vélez in the 1940s.

Caesalpinia punctata (Fabaceae)