Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Steud.

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Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
By minor road parallel to Glenara Avenue North, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
By minor road parallel to Glenara Avenue North, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
By minor road parallel to Glenara Avenue North, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
By minor road parallel to Glenara Avenue North, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
By minor road parallel to Glenara Avenue North, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Corner of Fisher Avenue and Rolfe Avenue, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Corner of Fisher Avenue and Rolfe Avenue, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Corner of Fisher Avenue and Rolfe Avenue, Harare

Paulownia tomentosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Corner of Fisher Avenue and Rolfe Avenue, Harare

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Synonyms: Bignonia tomentosa Thunb.
Paulownia imperialis Siebold & Zucc.
Common names: Empress tree (English)
Description: Tree to 14 m tall. Leaves 12.5-25 cm long, entire or 3-lobed, broadly ovate-cordate, pubescent above, tomentose beneath, acuminate, long-petiolate. Inflorescence of large terminal panicles bearing many flowers; flowers showy, pale violet with darker spots inside, appearing before the leaves. Pedicels and calyx rusty-tomentose; calyx lobes 5, short, rounded. Capsule 3.5-5 cm long, woody, ovoid, beaked.
Notes: Similar to Catalpa bignonioides, but P. tomentosa differs in the following characters:
  • flowers appear with the leaves;
  • the fruit is broader and shorter (C. bignonioides has linear fruits 15-35 cm long);
  • the calyx is 5-lobed (2-lobed in Catalpa);
Derivation of specific name: tomentosa: tomentose, densely woolly
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to China
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Literature:

Bailey, L.H. (1949). Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York. Pages 900 - 901.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Paulownia tomentosa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Paulownia tomentosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Paulownia tomentosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Paulownia tomentosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Paulownia tomentosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Paulownia tomentosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Paulownia tomentosa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Paulownia tomentosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Paulownia tomentosa
Ispot Southern Africa: Paulownia tomentosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Paulownia tomentosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Paulownia tomentosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Paulownia tomentosa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Paulownia tomentosa
Tropicos: Paulownia tomentosa


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Paulownia tomentosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=166000, retrieved 22 May 2019

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