Ascension : Ascension Island Conservation Department
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 26.09.2013 (Article Archived on 10.10.2013)
These flowers are in full bloom again all over the Island. The Yellow Boy is native to Central and South America.
Ascension Island Conservation Department
Yellow Boy, Tecoma stans
These flowers are in full bloom again all over the Island. The Yellow Boy is native to Central and South America. It is now common and spreading in many areas of the Island, including Green Mountain, along the NE bay road and in Cricket Valley. It is a profusely flowering, branching shrub, up to 12ft tall and can withstand very dry conditions. There would appear to be two varieties of this shrub, often found growing in close proximity. Bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers appear on both varieties although the leaves differ, those on one plant being more serrated. The fruit is a beanlike capsule and turns a dark brown colour when ripened. The unopened flowers can be popped; they are also known as Yellow Pops. (Information used from Flowering Plants of Ascension Island, by Wendy Fairhurst).
The Conservation Office in Georgetown is open from 7:30am – 10am on week days but due to fieldwork commitments, staff will only sporadically be in the office throughout the rest of the day. We also open on Saturdays 10am -12noon. Please come in and see us if you are interested in finding out more about conservation work on Ascension or if you would like to purchase something from our shop!
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