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Habit: Tree, deciduous. Leaf: simple, opposite to whorled, cordate. Inflorescence: panicle, terminal. Flower: calyx inflated, 2-lipped, purple-green; corolla fragrant, lower petal notched; stamens included, anther sacs 2; staminode included, glabrous. Fruit: linear, not flat. Seed: 6--12 mm, oblong; glabrous. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Species In Genus: 10 species: temperate North America, eastern Asia. Etymology: (Muscogee: kutúhlpa, winged head, for corolla; corrupted to "Cataba" and "Catawba" based on erroneous attribution to a different tribe of Native Americans; both "Caltalpah" and "Catalpa" used by Catesby, who introduced the plant to England in 1726; Linnaeus published Bignonia catalpa in 1753; Scopoli established the genus Catalpa in 1777)
eFlora Treatment Author: Lúcia G. Lohmann
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to CatalpaPrevious taxon: Campsis radicans
Next taxon: Catalpa bignonioides
Citation for this treatment: Lúcia G. Lohmann 2016. Catalpa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=10502, accessed on August 30, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on August 30, 2016.