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Rose of Venezuela, Rose of the Jungle

Brownea grandiceps

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Mid Winter



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Boca Raton, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Miami, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 3, 2017, floridal from Miami, FL wrote:

I've had one of these growing in my backyard Miami garden for about 10 years now. It is about 20' tall and is definitely the centerpiece of my garden. It blooms almost all year round now and just produced seeds for the first time this year. I'm not sure how to propagate from the seed pod, though. I would like to grow others. The seed is as hard as a brazil nut. I soaked it for several weeks until the outer shell could be easily removed. That left a softer seed separated in two that I am now trying to grow in a moist humid environment of a damp paper towel sealed inside a plastic bag. If anyone knows of a better way to try to activate the seed, please let me know at [email protected]. Thanks.


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.


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.