Simultaneous flowering

Title Info
Common name Tabebuia
Scientific name Tabebuia ochracea
Taxonomic group Bignoniaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Tropical dry forest
Ecological interactions Mutualism
Mutualism Pollination
Change over time Phenology
Date 1991
Location Costa Rica,North America

Tabebuia tree in flower, Costa Rica. Like many other tree species of tropical dry forests, these Tabebuia trees lose their leaves during the several month long dry season and flower during this season. In a remarkable and visually stunning display, all of the Tabebuia trees in a region flower simultaneously over just a few days. Within this short period all of the trees bloom, get pollinated by bees, and drop their flowers. This phenomenon is sometimes called ?big bang? flowering.