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Brownea grandiceps

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brownea (BROW-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: grandiceps (GRAN-dee-keps) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Mid Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive timrann On Sep 6, 2008, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

A very nice plant with or without flowers. It can covers a large area, nice for shades and even more beautiful when in flower. Suits rather in large or in botanical gardens . There are quite some of it in Pamplemousses botanical garden. Seems to grow better near streams or ponds. And yes, it is indeed a very nice flower.The seeds developes in a big flat pod, like a large flat bean and is deep brown in colour with tiny hair covered all over. Brown and hairy pods is not irritant. Seedpod could contain 1 to 3 or sometimes 4 seeds . Seeds are oval to roundish , half a cm in thickness and about 4 cms large and grey in colour.It takes about 6-8 months for this plant to have seeds ; from flowering stage,fruiting , dried pods to viable seeds.

Positive Monocromatico On Nov 17, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I donīt know much about this tree, but Iīd like to. Itīs a beautiful short tree which branches can cover a huge area. Great for shade, of course, but if you are too tall, you may need to bend down to get under the thick foliage.

It has bright green leaves that turns darker as they get older. The inflorescences have red bracts (I donīt remember any other Leguminosae with colored and atractive bracts...). They are pendulous, short, and bear many bell shaped, red flowers that atract bees. Lots of bees.

It seems to like constantly moist, fertile soil, full sun, perharps some shade, and high temperatures.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Lakeland, Florida

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