Hello my dear readers! In these days there have been important news about the current situation in Venezuela, as you can see in our last posts, but today I want to talk about another topic to vary a bit. It’s been a while since I spoke to you about the flora in Venezuela and lately I like to sit down in the public transport and start seeing the trees and the nature that surrounds me. It’s relaxing.
Here we have the luck to enjoy the colors of our trees in the streets, parks or squares of Venezuela. It is a spectacle. We can see the yellow of the flowers of an Araguaney that perhaps we did not even know was there, the purple tone of the Apamates, the red that stands out from the Acacias, the majesty of the tall Chaguaramos or the debauchery that the Cují shows us.
Venezuela is considered a mega diverse country, and within this variety there are species that have been designated natural national symbols. Also, others that despite not having such a distinction, are part of its ecological heritage, both because of its widespread presence throughout the territory, as well as its color and beauty.
Below you will find information on the most beautiful trees that our country has:
- Araguaney (Tabebuia chrisanta): His name is of indigenous origin, and means golden voice. They named it that way to express and describe their incomparable beauty. It was declared a national tree of Venezuela, on May 29, 1948. It can be found everywhere, in houses or fields, in the city or in extensive vegetations. During the year it can go unnoticed, but from February to April it is covered with yellow flowers and it is noticed. It is synonymous with national identity. Personally it is one of my favorite trees. Every time I see a flowered araguaney I love to take pictures because its beautiful yellow flowers fill with joy any day.
- Apamate (Tabebuia rosea): It is the first cousin of Araguaney, since it is not only from the same family but also from the same genus. Its flowers are of a particular color, between lilac and pink. He is credited with the property of “calling the water”, because he is often found near water courses. Its wood is used to make furniture. It is the emblematic tree of the Cojedes state.
- Samán (Pithecellobium saman): Commonly called “rain tree”. It has a large size, a broad and dense crown, and a thick, spineless trunk. It has small flowers with yellow corolla and numerous stamens of light pink color. In addition, it produces pods that contain a lot of sugar and are used to feed livestock. In Maracay, Aragua state, is the Samán de Güere, famous because the army of Simón Bolívar met during the War of Independence.
- Red Acacia (Denolix regia): It is known as the spine tree or flamboyán. It has large red-orange flowers grouped in clusters and a bright green foliage. It is very beautiful and striking when it is in bloom, but the moment comes when it defoliates itself and leaves only the fruits that resemble black machetes; at that time it is not so pretty anymore. Its cup is very extended and makes it an excellent tree for shade.
- Cují Yaque (Prosopis juliflora): Also called Mezquite. It is a legume of arid landscapes like those of the Falcón state. It grows capriciously under the influence of the wind. Sometimes it resembles a man with outstretched arms. It grows to heights of 12 meters, and has a trunk up to 1.20 meters in diameter.
- Chaguaramo (Roystonea oleracea): Also known as the royal palm. It has a lot of presence throughout the country for its ornamental value. It is very tall and is characterized by having a thick base of whitish color and a head of light green leaves with a lively brightness. This plant blooms and fructifies throughout the year. The dwarf Chaguaramos are ideal to be planted in sidewalks and squares. It is the emblematic plant of the Yaracuy state.
And those are all for today! If you would like to know more about the flora or fauna in Venezuela, let me know in the comments or give a like to the post.
Greetings to all and until the next post!