The yellow flowers of the trees known as ‘Guayacán’ fall on the streets and ‘paint’ them; bees, among the insects that enjoy these trees, indicates specialist
In times of pandemic, the grief and pain of the people have a backwater when walking through the streets of the city of Oaxaca, when appreciating the trees with yellow flowers, known as “Guayacán” or “Primavera”.
During the first quarter of the year, it is common in the former Verde Antequera to observe how a carpet of yellow flowers covers the floors of avenues and patios when the tops of the Guayacanes slowly begin to fall, which is why it is also known as ” Spring rain”.
The flowering of the guayacán (handroanthus chrysanthus, or tabebuia chrysantha) occurs between the months of December and January, it reaches more than 15 meters, the trunk is hard and compact, and its leaves are large, said Marco Antonio Vásquez Dávila, ethnobotanical engineer and Master of Science.
According to the specialist, this tree is distributed from Mexico to South America; It has a tropical climate, which is why it is found in entities of the southeast, such as Tabasco and Guerrero, where it is called “oak”, however, it is also seen in Sinaloa, with its violet leaves.
In the 90s, the civil society organized in coordination with the authorities of the city of Oaxaca de Juárez chose it within the urban reforestation program, for its beauty, as an ornament in parks, gardens, streets, and avenues. “So a decade later it began to expand, offering a natural and free show,” he said,
The species is highly valued by the inhabitants of the city of Oaxaca, who enjoy taking pictures of it.
“Although he noted, it is the populations of bees, as well as other pollinating animals, that most enjoy these specimens.”