Trumpet-tree

 
 

Trumpet-tree is native to the Greater Antilles except Jamaica. It reaches a height of 70 feet, with a trunk 2 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 2.5 feet wide and have seven to eleven lobes. Flowers are minute and are grouped in inflorescences up to 4 inches long, male ones more slender, both on separate trees. Female flowers produce thousands of minute fruits that are eaten by birds and bats. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The wood is used for the soundingboard of the Puerto Rican cuatro and tiple (guitar-like instruments). The generic name recalls Cecrops, the mythological founder of Athens. The species name honors the German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810).


The photographed tree is northwest of the walkway leading to the entrance across from the Cervecera de Puerto Rico Brewery. There are other trees behind the Biology Building and around the Business Administration Building.

Cecropia schreberiana (Urticaceae)