Ahhh, springtime… when the weather gradually warms up and nature comes back to life. To celebrate spring, we’d like to share a few stories and photos from past issues that feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers with springtime blossoms in the Nayarit area.
Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree)
The fragrant flowers come in shades of magenta, lavender and white and have five irregular and slightly overlapping petals that bloom abundantly from February-March. While the flowers resemble orchids, the Arbol de las Orquideas (genus Bauhinia) is not actually part of the orchid family but rather from the pea/bean family (Leguminosae). In Mexico, it is commonly referred to as Pata de Vaca, which translates to “cow’s foot”, most likely because the leaves are shaped like a cow’s hoof. It is also known as Butterfly Tree and Mountain Ebony. The trees can grow up to 25 feet high, they are deciduous and there are more than 200 varieties. Read More
Llamarada (African Tulip Tree)
A few weeks ago, we packed up the pups and went on a short day trip. Towards the end of our excursion, we decided to explore the road to Loma Alta just south of Las Varas. We drove for nearly 20 minutes, but the rough and very narrow road didn’t seem to be headed anywhere anytime soon so we turned around. On the way back to the highway, I spotted a Llamarada (also known as a Flame of the Forest or African Tulip Tree). Since then, I have seen a few more trees dotted throughout the Jaltemba Bay area.
Primavera (pronounced pree-muh-VEHR-uh) means spring in Spanish, and you know primavera has finally arrived when the vibrant yellow flowering trees by the same name start to bloom. These large showy trees have impressive clusters of flowers that mask their bare branches and create a sea of brilliant yellow against the sky. Read More
Amapa trees are only in full bloom for a few weeks between mid-March to mid-April. If you are in the Jaltemba Bay area during this time, one of the best places to view these trees is near the tennis courts on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos. There are approximately a dozen trees lining the street and tennis courts, and it is well worth the drive. Read More
Shaving Brush Tree
The “Shaving Brush Tree” is native to Mexico and a large deciduous tree which is coveted for it’s unique brush-like flowers which bloom just once a year, usually in February or March. The leaves are also very unique.
As I was packing up my things to move out of the park, I took a minute to photograph these flowers to share with you. I have had this plant for a few years and it only blooms in the spring. Read More
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