Pacific Pests and Pathogens Pacific Pests, Pathogens & Weeds - Mini Fact Sheet Edition

African tulip tree (436) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

African tulip tree; it is also known as fireball, or flame of the forest.

Scientific Name

Spathodea campanulata. It is a member of the Bignoniaceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Aradhana Deesh
1Information from Warea Orapa (2017) Impact and management of invasive alien plants in Pacific island communities. In: Ellison CA, Sankaran KV, Murphy ST (eds) Invasive Alien plants. CAB International. (; and African tulip tree Spathodea companulata. Brisbane City Council weed identification tool. (; and Weeds of Australia, Biosecurity Queensland Edition. Queensland Government. (; and from Spathodea campanulata (African tulip tree) (2019). CABI Invasive Species Compendium. ( Photos 1,3&5 Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Photo 4 Joy Viola, Northeastern University, Photo 6 Tony Pernas, USDI National Park Service,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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