Is that a lilac in bloom?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lonchocarpus violaceus var. violaceus is a flowering tree native to dry hillsides in Trinidad. Plants often begin flowering when only five or six feet tall. Homesick northerners will love the scent, which is somewhat reminiscent of lilacs. Throughout October and November, masses of purple to pinkish mauve flowers are borne on six-inch racemes, making a wonderful show above the dark green pinnate leaves.  This tree in the photo is located at the tram plaza.  Be sure to get a close look and smell.  The flowers are wonderfully fragrant!