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Tabebuia donnell-smithii

(Gold Tree)


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Large tree from Mexico and Central America, with striking display of yellow tubular flowers that replace the leaves during the flowering season . The wood is used for veneering and cabinet work.

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Gold Tree, Prima Vera, Primavera, White-Mahogany

Common Names in Spanish:



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Family Bignoniaceae

Trees , shrubs , or vines , climbers rarely herbs. Leaves opposite, alternate, or whorled , simple or pinnately compound , rarely palmately compound , without stipules, climbers usually with tendrils modified sometimes into hooks or suckers . Inflorescences cymose , paniculate , or racemose, terminal or axillary , rarely flowers borne on old stems; bracts and bractlets present, sometimes deciduous. Flowers bisexual , zygomorphic, usually large. Calyx campanulate or tubular , truncate , 2-5-dentate, or glandular subulate-dentate. Corolla campanulate or funnelform , usually bilabiate; lobes 5, imbricate or valvate . Fertile stamens 4 (didynamous ) and staminode 1, or 2 and staminodes 3, rarely all 5 stamens fertile. Disc fleshy . Ovary superior, 2-locular, rarely 1- or 4-locular; placentation axile or parietal ; ovules numerous . Style filiform ; stigma 2-lobed. Capsule dehiscing loculicidally or septicidally, rarely fruit fleshy and indehiscent. Seeds numerous, usually winged or with tufts of hairs at both ends; endosperm absent.

About 116-120 genera and 650-750 species: mostly in tropical and subtropical regions; 12 genera and 35 species (21 endemic) in China.

Plants of the Bignoniaceae usually produce large flowers, and many species are widely cultivated in China as ornamentals . These include Arrabidaea magnifica Sprague ex Steenis, Campsis radicans (Linnaeus) Seemann, Catalpa speciosa (Warder ex Barney) Engelmann, Clytostoma callistegioides (Chamisso) Bureau & Schumann, Crescentia alata Kunth, C. cujete Linnaeus, Jacaranda cuspidifolia Martius, J. mimosifolia D. Don, Kigelia africana (Lamarck) Bentham, Macfadyena unguis-cati (Linnaeus) A. H. Gentry, Pandorea jasminoides (Linnaeus) Schumann, Parmetiera cerifera Seemann, Podranea ricasoliana (Tanfani) Sprague, Pyrostegia venusta (Ker-Gawler) Miers, Spathodea campanulata Beauvois, Stenolobium stans (Linnaeus) Seemann, Tabebuia chrysantha (Jacquin) G. Nicholson, T. rosea (Bertoloni) de Candolle, and Tecomaria capensis (Thunberg) Spach.[1]

Physical Description

Habit: Tree


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Duration: Perennial


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Cybistax donnell-smithii (Rose) Seib. • Roseodendron donnell-smithii (Rose) F. Miranda


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 15-Mar-2000

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Tabebuia

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 68 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

T. acrophylla (Top-Leaf Trumpet Tree) · T. acunana (Tabebuia) · T. aesculifolia (Tabebuia) · T. affinis (Tabebuia) · T. alba (Tabebuia) · T. anafensis (Tabebuia) · T. angustata (Narrow Trumpet Tree) · T. anisophylla (Tabebuia) · T. apiculata (Tabebuia) · T. aquatilis (Tabebuia) · T. araliacea (Tabebuia) · T. arenicola (Tabebuia) · T. arianeae (Tabebuia) · T. arimaoensis (Tabebuia) · T. aurea (Caribbean Trumpet Tree) · T. bahamensis (White Dwarf Tabebuia) · T. barbata (Tabebuia) · T. berteroi (Hispaniolan Rosy Trumpet Tree) · T. beyeri (Tabebuia) · T. bibracteolata (Tabebuia) · T. billbergii (Trumpet Tree) · T. blakeana (Tabebuia) · T. botelhensis (Tabebuia) · T. brigandina (Tabebuia) · T. brooksiana (Tabebuia) · T. buchii (Tabebuia) · T. bullata (Tabebuia) · T. bureavii (Tabebuia) · T. calcicola (Tabebuia) · T. calderonii (Tabebuia) · T. caleticana (Tabebuia) · T. camaguayensis (Tabebuia) · T. candicans (Tabebuia) · T. capitata (Tabebuia) · T. capotei (Tabebuia) · T. cassinoides (Caixeta) · T. catarinensis (Tabebuia) · T. chapadensis (Tabebuia) · T. chrysantha (Golden Goddess) · T. chrysea (Roble Amarillo) · T. chrysotricha (Dwarf Golden Tabebuia) · T. citrifolia (Tabebuia) · T. clementis (Tabebuia) · T. coartata (Tabebuia) · T. conferta (Tabebuia) · T. coralibe (Tabebuia) · T. cowellii (Tabebuia) · T. crassifolia (Tabebuia) · T. cuneifolia (Tabebuia) · T. curtissii (Tabebuia) · T. densifolia (Tabebuia) · T. donnell-smithii (Gold Tree) · T. elliptica (Tabebuia) · T. haemantha (Blood-Red Trumpet Tree) · T. heterophylla (Pink Poui-Rosea) · T. impetiginosa (Arco Pau D) · T. impetiginosa 'Raspberry' (Ipe Roxo) · T. lapacho (Lapacho Amarillo) · T. obtusifolia (Guadeloupe Trumpet-Tree (As T Leucoxyla)) · T. pallida (White Cedar) · T. rigida (Roble De Sierra) · T. riparia (White Tabebuia) · T. rosea (Apamate) · T. roseoalba (White Trumpet Tree) · T. rufescens (Black Poui) · T. schumanniana (Roble Colorado) · T. serratifolia (Yellow Poui) · T. 'Apricot' (Dwarf Trumpet Tree)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 30, 2007:



  1. Zhi-Yun Zhang & Thawatchai Santisuk "Bignoniaceae". in Flora of China Vol. 18 Page 213. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06