Tacoma Flower

Botanical Name: Tecoma stans
Family: Bignoniaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales
Genus: Tecoma
Species:T. stans

Common Names: Yellow trumpetbush, Yellow bells, Yellow elder, Ginger-thomas.

Hindi Names: Pillya, Sonapati

Habitat: Tacoma plant is native to S. America – Argentina north to the Caribbean and through Central America to southern N. America. Tecoma stans is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands and the floral emblem of The Bahamas. It prefers to grows on dry and disturbed areas such as roadsides but it can also be found in relatively undisturbed forests.

Description:
Tacoma is a fast-growing shrub or small tree that can reach a height of 5 – 8 metres.It is often grown as an ornamental plant by virtue of its many yellow trumpet-shaped, scented flowers. It has sharply toothed, pinnate 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.

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it is also sometimes cultivated for its medicinal virtues, as a hedge and to provide shade.

Propagation:
Seed – does not require pre-treatment. The seed, which germinates easily, can be sown in nursery beds or in containers. Seedlings require 3 – 4 months in the nursery, after which they can be directly planted out.
Seed storage behaviour is orthodox, and seeds can be stored for long periods under ideal conditions.
Regeneration by cuttings is also possible.

Medicinal Uses:

Parts Used for herbal uses: leaves,flowers,root and seeds.
Herbs made from tacoma stans for cancer, respetory problems,stomach ache,snake bites and scorpion sting.
The flowers are diuretic.
A leaf infusion can be taken orally for treating diabetes and stomach pains.
A strong leaf and root decoction is taken orally as a diuretic, to treat syphilis or for intestinal worms.

Other Uses:
The light brown wood is hard and very durable. It is used in cabinet making, turnery, to make tools, and in the construction of buildings[303
Trees provide firewood and charcoal.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tecoma_stans
https://herbpathy.com/Uses-and-Benefits-of-Tecoma-Stans-Cid4451
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Tecoma+stans

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