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    Author(s): Kristina F. Connor; John K. Francis
    Date: 2008
    Source: In: Bonner, Franklin T.; Karrfalt, Robert P., eds. The Woody Plant Seed Manual. Agric. Handbook No. 727. Washington, DC. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 1065-1066.
    Publication Series: Agricultural Handbook
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Description

    The African tuliptree - Spathodea campanulata Beauv. - is a medium-sized tree that commonly reaches a height of 21 m but may reach 30 m in some parts of West Africa. In Puerto Rico, the largest African tuliptree measures 35 m tall and 1.75 m in dbh; heart and butt rots are common in trees older than 20 to 25 years that have suffered mechanical or fire damage. The wood of this fast-growing species is light and little used. The 10-cm-long, bright red-orange flowers occur in terminal racemes on trees as young as 3 to 4 years of age. Yellow-flowering trees have also been reported. Flowering time varies, depending on location.

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    Connor, Kristina F.; Francis, John K. 2008. Spathodea campanulata Beauv. In: Bonner, Franklin T.; Karrfalt, Robert P., eds. The Woody Plant Seed Manual. Agric. Handbook No. 727. Washington, DC. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 1065-1066.

    Keywords

    Spathodea campanulata, African tuliptree, seed research

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