|Tecoma stans subsp. var.||Shrubby trumpet flower, Yellow bells, Yellow elder|
Tecoma stans is a species of flowering perennial shrub in the trumpet vine family, Bignoniaceae, that is native to the Americas. Common names include Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Bells (Geelklokkies in Afrikaans), Yellow Elder, Ginger-thomas, and Esperanza (Spanish for "hope"). Tecoma stans is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands and the national flower of The Bahamas.
Yellow Trumpetbush is an attractive plant that is cultivated as an ornamental. It has sharply-toothed, lance-shaped green leaves and bears large, showy, bright golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. It is drought-tolerant and grows well in warm climates. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The plant produces pods containing yellow seeds with papery wings. The plant is desirable fodder when it grows in fields grazed by livestock. Yellow Trumpetbush is a ruderal species, readily colonizing disturbed, rocky, sandy, and cleared land and occasionally becoming an invasive weed
The leaves and roots of the plant contain bioactive compounds, especially monoterpenes, which may have medicinal uses; Honey bees are attracted to it, but-unlike most flowering plants-the honey produced from Yellow Trumpetbush's nectar/pollen is poisonous.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Tecoma stans, Juss. (Stenolobium stans, Seem.). Yellow Elder. Upright shrub: lvs. odd-pinnate; lfts. 5-11, almost sessile, oblong-ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, serrate, glabrous, 2-5 in. long and 3/4 – 1 1/4 in. broad: fls. in large, terminal racemes or panicles; corolla funnelform-campanulate, yellow, 1 1/2 in. long; anthers pubescent; calyx with 5 short teeth: caps. linear, 5-7 in. long. Sept.-Dec. S. Fla. to W. Indies and S. Amer.—Sometimes called yellow bignonia. Fls. fragrant. Var. angustata, Rehd. (Stenolobium incisum, Woot. & Standley). Lfts. 7-11, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sharply or incisely serrate with flaring teeth, 1-3 in. long and 1/4 – 1/2 in. broad. Texas, Ariz., and Mex. This variety is hardier than the type, which is sometimes cult. as T. sambucifolia; the true T. sambucifolia, HBK., from Peru, which has glabrous anthers, is probably not in cult. CH
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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