Mountain rose


Mountain rose is native to Panama and northeastern South America. It reaches a height of 25 feet, with a trunk several inches in diameter. The leaves are simple and up to 14 inches long, when young they are pale and hang in groups. Inflorescences appear directly on the trunk or branches and are up to 8 inches wide, they are composed of many flowers that open in circle starting at the periphery. Fruits are pods up to 8 inches long that contain up to three large seeds. It flowers from autumn to spring, and the pods mature from spring to summer. The generic name honors the Irish naturalist Patrick Browne (1720-1790). The species name means large leaves.

The photographed tree is in front of the de Diego Building. There are other trees west of the Luchetti building and north of the Buildings and Grounds Department supply warehouse. The first two trees were planted by José A. Ramos in 1948.

Brownea macrophylla (Fabaceae)