Pink is the Name of the Game

In Panama we are fond of a tropical tree which we call Guayacán.  It is a tree with a dark rough bark and abundant green leaves.  The thing with this particular tree, is that during the dry season, its leaves slowly morph into gorgeous brightly-colored flowers, (e.g., pink, purple, white and yellow).  Then all of these flowers drop to the ground creating the visual impression of a thick-colored rug.

When the rains return, the green leaves grow back again and the cycle starts all over again.  Even as we speak, hundreds of Guayacán trees are blooming faster than you can wink an eye.

Take a look at this Guayacán tree located a couple of blocks from the neighborhood where we live.  Enjoy!

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Good Day!

Recommended Reading:  The Guayacán TreeLingua Franca


10 thoughts on “Pink is the Name of the Game”

  1. It’s a beautiful tree. I’ve seen someone else posting about it — I think it was in New Zealand. It’s interesting how these plants spread around the world.

    Is the name for the tree related to the name of the city in Ecuador called Guayaquil? It came to mind as soon as I read the tree’s name.

    1. Morning Linda:

      I’m not sure if the name of the tree is related to the Ecuadorian city. As the world is closely interconnected, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it is related.

      Panama City and the countryside are full of this lovely trees. The yellow one is something else as well.



  2. Hello Barbara:

    Even as we speak, the metropolis is invaded by lovely blooming Guayacanes trees. In our area, most of them are pink, but a few miles from here there are yellow and purple Guayacanes also in full bloom.

    The blooming Cherry trees of Washington D.C. comes to my mind. It is such a beautiful spectacle.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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