Powder puff tree

A Powder Puff Tree flower being visited by geckos
A Powder Puff Tree bud and spent flower

This tree was labeled Powder Puff Tree, Brownea Sp. at Hawai’i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. I suspect the Powder Puff name is given to a variety of plants with flowers like this one, so I’m not sure if this is really the correct name.

I do know a couple of things about this tree. The flowers were a brilliant orange and very popular with the gold dust day geckos. They grow directly out of the trunk of the tree, starting as a pinkish bud and eventually dying out to a withered, brown remnant.

For more information about Hawai’i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden, go to htbg.com.

Posted in response to Becky’s July Squares challenge theme of ‘Trees.’ See more responses here.


13 thoughts on “Powder puff tree

    1. Graham Post author

      I do remember that. Might even have been from this tree since this was taken at the gardens. I might go over there tomorrow actually so will undoubtedly return with another hundred or more photos!

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  2. BeckyB

    wow what a tree, what blooms. Fascinating that evolution decided that they should pop out of trunk rather than end of branches. Do the geckos pollinate them rather than insects and birds?

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