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catalpa

(kətăl`pə): see bignoniabignonia
, common name for the family Bignoniaceae, a family of chiefly woody vines of the American tropics and also a few shrubs and trees. The trumpet creeper (of the genus Bignonia) and the trumpet flower, or trumpet vine (of the genus Campsis
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catalpa

catalpa

Tree with large oval leaves up to 10 inches (25cm) long. Clustered whitish flowers with 2 orange stripes and lots of purple spots inside. Cigar-like winged seedpods, used as sedative and tea for asthma and bronchitis. Bark tea used to expel worms, antiseptic, laxative, sedative.

Catalpa

 

a genus of plants of the family Bignoniaceae, consisting of deciduous trees with broad leaves. The flowers, which are white with spotted insides, are gathered into large racemes or panicles. The corolla is campanulate and two-lipped. The fruit is an elongated pod, measuring up to 40 cm long; it has numerous seeds bearing tufts of soft hair at each end. Eleven species are distributed from East Asia to North America. In the southern European region of the USSR, the southern catalpa, or Indian bean (Catalpa bignonioides), is the most frequently cultivated plant of this genus. The species C. Bungei, C. speciosa, and C. ovata are also grown there. Catalpa is propagated from seeds, cuttings, and roots. It grows well in moist soils. It is a photo-philic plant. The wood of these trees is light, soft, and durable. The oil obtained from the seeds of the southern catalpa contains eleostearic acids (approximately 30 percent); when it is placed in the light, it dries quickly and hardens. All species of catalpa are ornamentals.

catalpa

any bignoniaceous tree of the genus Catalpa of North America and Asia, having large leaves, bell-shaped whitish flowers, and long slender pods
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A genus of 11 species of deciduous trees, the catalpa is found near riverbanks and in the woodlands of China and North America.
The northern catalpa is the species with the largest flowers.
The northern catalpa is soil- and drought-tolerant and transplants easily; however, it prefers deep, moist, fertile, and well-drained soil.
The leaves of the heat-resistant southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides), commonly found in Alabama, have what some consider an unpleasant odor.
Visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston to view Maackia and Golden Catalpa.
Because they thrive even in compacted and infertile soil, and despite air pollution and general abuse, large catalpas are today found in poor neighborhoods and grimy industrial areas all over the country.
While driving down a sandy Kansas back road one Memorial Day, I entered a grove of catalpas and was greeted by thousands of showy, white, tropical-looking flowers.
Catalpas belong to the Bignonia family, which are mostly tropical plants.
The catalpa, also known as Indian bean tree and fish bait tree, should be considered for every country home.
A final meritorious attribute of the catalpa is its decay-resistant wood.
You will most likely not be able to find either Kentucky coffee tree or catalpa at your local nursery.