Pink Trumpet Tree
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Pink Trumpet Tree
D Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Pink Trumpet Tree • Hindi: बसंत रानी Basant rani
Botanical name: Handroanthus impetiginosus    Family: Bignoniaceae (Jacaranda family)
Synonyms: Tabebuia impetiginosa, Tecoma impetiginosa

Pink Trumpet Tree is a semi-evergreen tree that grows 20-30 feet tall with a gray fissured trunk and palmately-lobed leaves divided into as many as seven leaflets radiating outward. The pink trumpet flowers have a white throat with yellow stripes and blooms in large clusters in the spring just before the new foliage emerges. The tree also has a very valuable timber. With its impressive flowering display, the tree is often cultivated as an ornamental plant in the tropical world. Pink Trumpet Tree is native to S. America - from Argentina north through Central America to Mexico.
Medicinal uses: The inner bark of Pink Trumpet Tree is used in traditional medicine. It is dried, shredded, and then boiled, making a bitter brownish-colored tea known as lapacho or taheebo. The unpleasant taste of the extract is lessened when taken in pill form, or as tinctures. Lapacho bark is typically used during flu and cold season and for easing smoker's cough.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Delhi & Bangalore.

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