Alternative common names:
Pride of Bolivia, racehorse tree, rosewood (English); tipoeboom (Afrikaans)
Large, massively branched, wide-spreading deciduous tree up to 23m high. Bright green, smooth leaves. Large sprays of golden-yellow flowers in late spring and summer. Yellowish-brown, seeded, winged pods 50-60mm long. Freely self-seeding.
Where does this species come from?Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina in South America.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 3 NEMBA - Category 3
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng.
How does it spread?Seed dispersal.
Why is it a problem?
Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species particularly along river banks. Because of its large size even a single tree could have a detrimental effect on a natural ecosystem. Trees along watercourses are likely to cause a significant reduction in stream flow.
What does it look like?
General description: A large wide-spreading deciduous tree.
Leaves: Bright green, smooth leaves
Flowers: Large sprays of golden-yellow flowers in late spring and summer.
Fruit/seeds: Yellowish-brown, seeded, winged pods 50-60mm long.
Does the plant have any uses?
Ornament, shade; provides honey, fodder, timber.