Amazing African tulip tree
• Amazing African tulip tree
African tulip tree or spathodea belled considered one of the most flowering plants. Flowers Spatodei large, from orange-red to dark purple, gathered in the lush blossoms and shaped like a tulip.
"Fire wood" often referred to her as naturally spathodea blooms almost all year round, and its colors, especially bright, look at the background of dark green foliage.
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It - very beautiful exotic plant from the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical Africa.
It is also called "tree-fountain" because of the numerous large orange-red flowers, shaped like tulips and collected in inflorescence luxury.
It is attractively and effectively even in a flourishing condition due to large rough leaves, seated in pairs 13-15 pieces on long stalks.
Blossoms in nature all year round. It grows quickly and can reach 10-15 meters in height.
Leaves complex dark green, to 50 cm long, consisting of 5-19 widely oval with a pointed apex leaflets to 15 cm long and 7, 5 cm wide.
Calyx 10-12 cm tall tower above the foliage, looking up, so filled with water after rain.
After a long flowering formed brown pods 12-20 cm long, which are disclosed, releasing winged seed weight.
Flower essences made of these lobes has healing properties for skin.
The tree-fountain in the natural environment is growing quite fast and can reach a height of about 15 meters. But it turns out it is possible to grow in the indoor environment.
It grows at the same time it is much slower and much smaller. Its decorative properties are not lost and looks very impressive.
It grows in any soil, and does not require special care. Does not like bright light, it grows well in semi-shade and filtered light. Watering requires regular, but without overflow and overdrying the planting soil.
spathodea quickly grows from seeds that are sown in the spring, however, begins to bloom, only reached a significant size.
Wood spatodei fragile, so that the high instances of unsupported may break in a strong wind. Winter spatodeyu contain a well-lit room with a minimum temperature of 12C.
In room culture growth rates are moderate, and the height of plant growth reaches 2 m.
In the wild, the branches often curled spatodei birds.