Category Archives: Trees

Matilisguate

Tabebuia rosea is one of the best-known and prettiest trees in Guatemala, where it is known as “Matilisguate”. It belongs to the Bignoniaceae, a family of plants that includes Jacaranda mimosifolia and Tecoma stans, and is a native of the

Matilisguate

Tabebuia rosea is one of the best-known and prettiest trees in Guatemala, where it is known as “Matilisguate”. It belongs to the Bignoniaceae, a family of plants that includes Jacaranda mimosifolia and Tecoma stans, and is a native of the

Guachipilín

Diphysa robinioides, known as “Guachipilín” in Guatemala, is another of my favorite trees. It is a slow-growing species with deeply furrowed bark, pinnate leaves, and bright yellow flowers. It belongs to the bean family, Fabaceae, and is native to the

Guachipilín

Diphysa robinioides, known as “Guachipilín” in Guatemala, is another of my favorite trees. It is a slow-growing species with deeply furrowed bark, pinnate leaves, and bright yellow flowers. It belongs to the bean family, Fabaceae, and is native to the

Pachira aquatica

Pachira aquatica is the scientific name of the Zapotón, a beautiful native tree that grows in the Guatemalan lowlands and thrives around swamps, as its name implies. It is related to our national tree, Ceiba pentandra; Pachira was once classified

Pachira aquatica

Pachira aquatica is the scientific name of the Zapotón, a beautiful native tree that grows in the Guatemalan lowlands and thrives around swamps, as its name implies. It is related to our national tree, Ceiba pentandra; Pachira was once classified

Timboque

Tecoma stans is another of my favorite Guatemalan trees, and can be seen in bloom around the city (and the rest of the country) from November to January. It is a fast-growing tree that often grows in the full sun

Timboque

Tecoma stans is another of my favorite Guatemalan trees, and can be seen in bloom around the city (and the rest of the country) from November to January. It is a fast-growing tree that often grows in the full sun

Fig ~ Amate

Ficus is one of my favorite tree genera. It is a huge genus, made up of over 800 species. They are commonly called figs. They can be trees, bushes, or climbers. Many of them are epiphytes, at least for a

Fig ~ Amate

Ficus is one of my favorite tree genera. It is a huge genus, made up of over 800 species. They are commonly called figs. They can be trees, bushes, or climbers. Many of them are epiphytes, at least for a

Goldenrain Tree

Few trees possess such a beautiful combination of colors as the Goldenrain Tree, Koelreuteria paniculata. When in bloom, the yellow flower buds and the pink seed pods make a striking contrast with the bright green foliage, especially when cast in

Goldenrain Tree

Few trees possess such a beautiful combination of colors as the Goldenrain Tree, Koelreuteria paniculata. When in bloom, the yellow flower buds and the pink seed pods make a striking contrast with the bright green foliage, especially when cast in

Ceiba

Ceiba pentandra, the Silk Cotton tree, is especially dear to me for a number of reasons: it is a massive emergent tree (meaning it towers above the rest of the rainforest canopy) that can support thousands of epiphytes, it was

Ceiba

Ceiba pentandra, the Silk Cotton tree, is especially dear to me for a number of reasons: it is a massive emergent tree (meaning it towers above the rest of the rainforest canopy) that can support thousands of epiphytes, it was