Blood-red trumpet tree


Blood-red trumpet tree is endemic to Puerto Rico. It reaches a height of 25 feet with a trunk 6 inches in diameter, although often it grows as a shrub with several stems. The leaves have three or five thick leaflets, the largest up to 6 inches long. Flowers are up to 2 inches long and appear in small groups. Fruits are pods up to 4 inches long by less than half an inch wide that open on both sides to liberate many winged seeds. Some flowering occurs throughout the year. In the campus it has been seen with flowers in December but no fruits have been observed. The generic name derives from a Brazilian indian name for another species of the genus. The species name means blood flower.

The photographed tree is west of the Chardon Building and is the only member of the species in the campus.

Tabebuia haemantha (Bignoniaceae)