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Jacaranda mimosifolia

Fern tree

About the plant

Jacaranda mimosifolia is native to Argentina and Bolivia. It’s an imposing tree with long-lasting purple blooms and is now planted extensively as a street tree.

  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
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Facts

  • Tall flowering tree
  • Long-lasting purple flowers on bare wood
  • Mimosa-like leaves
  • Often planted as a street tree

Pollinators and flower visitors

Typically large Euglossine bees pollinate this species, and honey bees, such as the introduced Apis mellifera, are frequent nectar robbers. Hummingbirds are also known to feed on the nectar of J. mimosifolia.


Carving with the fern tree

This tree is highly prized by carpenters and furniture makers, and has been assessed as an alternative to indigenous trees for Kenya’s wood carving industry.


Medicinal benefits

Farmers, people of small isolated villages and native communities in developing countries often use folk medicine for the treatment of common infections.

Used in Colombian folkloric medicine, the water extracted from this tree has antimicrobial qualities which are used to treat Staphylococcus and E.coli.


Revision time!

Although not native to Australia, Jacaranda mimosifolia is a familiar sight along the east coast of Australia. It has a special meaning for University of Sydney students.

One of the most famous giant jacarandas is located in the university’s quadrangle. The bright purple flowers last for about two months, blooming throughout the lead up to exam time in the southern hemisphere. Myth has it that Sydney students will fail their exams if they don’t start revising before the first blooms appear.

 

  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Click on icon to reveal more