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Tecoma stans



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Tropical American shrub found growing along the coastal areas and along the roadsides. The flower is a bright yellow trumpet shape . This species is widely used in landscaping for its beautiful yellow trumpet flower.

Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:


Common Names in Bengali, Bangla:


Common Names in Czech:

Protiha vzpřímená

Common Names in English:

Ginger-Thomas, Trovadora, Trumpet Bush, Trumpet-Bush, Trumpet-Flower, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Bells, Yellow Elder, Yellow Trumpet Flowers, Yellow Trumpet-Bush, Yellow Trumpet-Flower, Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow-Bells, Yellow-Elder

Common Names in German:

Gelbe Trompetenblume

Common Names in Persian (Farsi):

تکوما استنس

Common Names in Polish:

Tekoma prosta

Common Names in Portuguese:

Bignonia-Amarela, Guarã-Guarã, Ipê-Amarelo-De-Jardim, Ipezinho-De-Jardim, Sinos-Amarelos

Common Names in Quechua:


Common Names in Swedish:

Gul trumpetbuske

Common Names in Thai:


Common Names in Tonga (Tonga Islands):


Common Names in unspecified:

Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Elder, Yellow Trumpet-Flower, Yellow Trumpetbush


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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: Evergreen .

Flowers: Bloom Period: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. • Flower Color: yellow


Size: 6-8' tall.


Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 4,653 meters (0 to 15,266 feet).[2]


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Culture: Space 36-48" apart.

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Full Sun .

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11. (map)


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Bignonia stans L. • Gelseminum stans (L.) Kuntze • Stenolobium stans (L.) Seem. • Stenolobium stans (Linnaeus) Seem. • Tecoma stans var. angustatum Rehd.


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 15-Mar-2000

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Tecoma

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 11 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

T. capensis (Cape Honeysuckle) · T. castanifolia (Chestnutleaf Trumpetbush) · T. jasminoides (Bowerplant) · T. laurifolia (Mormyrids) · T. slans (Yellow Elder) · T. stans (Ginger-Thomas) · T. stans var. angustata (Yellow Bells) · T. stans 'Gold Star' (Ginger-Thomas) · T. 'Orange Jubilee' (Orange Esperanza) · T. 'Sunrise' (Esperanza) · T. 'Tangerine' (Tecoma Stans)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal December 05, 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]
  2. Mean = 698.470 meters (2,291.568 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,384.470 based on 536 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06