Did you know that flower belongs to the Blue Mahoe (Talipariti elatum/Hibiscus elatus) tree? The tree is quite attractive with its straight trunk, broad green leaves and hibiscus-like flowers.
Blue Mahoe grows quite rapidly, often attaining 20 meters (66 ft) or more in height. This beautiful flower changes color as it matures, going from bright yellow to orange red and finally to crimson.
The ‘blue’ refers to blue-green streaks in the polished wood, giving it a distinctive appearance.
The Blue Mahoe is a beautiful and durable timber that is widely used for making furniture, picture frames, bowls, wood carvings, floors, exquisite jewelry and sculptures.
Architects, furniture-makers, designers, artists and wood lovers will find a charm in working with this wood. It has fine sanding and turning qualities and a natural gloss in the wood when finely finished.
The inner bark of the tree is often referred to as Cuba bark because it was formerly used for tying bundles of Havana cigars.
Did you know Blue Mahoe is the national tree of Jamaica?
This photo was taken in the hills in Dennery.
Photo credits – A. Aimable
This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]