The city of Holguín, about 700 kilometers east from Havana, has among the exotic species of its surroundings the blue flamboyant, a plant from South America recognized for the beauty of its flowers.
This majestic tree, discovered in 1822, can reach up to 12 meters high and owns recognized properties for the treatment of intestinal parasites and it abounds in streets and avenues of the eastern city.
Hundreds of violet-blue flowers, which appear to fall as a waterfall, identify this variety, whose wood is one of the most used components in interior decoration in countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Jacaranda mimosifolia, is the scientific name of this plant, which can live up to 100 years and it has been introduced in Portugal, Italy, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
The species also has ornamental uses in various regions of South America where it is appreciated for the beauty of its flowers in outdoor areas. Omar Leyva, a specialist at the Holguín Botanical Garden, said the cultivation of this species is part of the “Arboretum” project, dedicated to the reproduction of native timber trees from Cuba and the world.
Moreover, this program includes the cultivation of the delicious montera, a curious genus of yam native to Africa, with edible sausage-shaped fruits, he mentioned.