Sunday, April 20, 2014
Golden Trumpet Trees Blooming in Okinawa and Some Bark
In this part of the world, we just call them Ipe.
The common name would be Golden Trumpet, for the trees and flowers.
Scientists, seem to disagree, over what to call them.
Not especially qualified to argue with science-types, here's what I did.
Running around with a camera, I made random images of the things.
Maybe, we could call it a random act of kindness, for the scientific community.
They don't pay me for doing this stuff but, I have lots of fun.
A closer look at the tree trunk and bark, might help clear things up.
The clusters of leaves may help in identification, too.
University of Florida, calls them: Tabebuia chrysotricha
Pacific Horticulture Society, says they are: Handroanthus chrysotrichus
What makes this type of work fun, is some of the crazy things that happen along the way.
This farmer's dog, didn't like the idea of me being in the area.
So, he came running after me, barking.
That's when the mad scientist, in me came out.
It took a little growling and barking, back at him, to scare him off.
Then, he stayed on his side of the fence and, I stayed on mine.
Hopefully, those scientists will come to an agreement, soon.
Because next, I want to shoot some Pink and Purple Trumpets.
They probably, won't agree on what to call them, either.
Flower Photos: The Golden Trumpet Trees in Okinawa