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Westmount Park – Flowering Trees (Eudicotylendons)

Westmount Park - Flowering Trees (Eudicotylendons)

Catalpa (Catalpa bigoniodes) near the lagoon at Westmount Park.

Commonly know as the “Indian Bean Tree” – Native Americans used the seeds as a decoration.

From Wikipedia:

“The name derives from the Catawba Native American name catawba for these trees (the tribal totem), with the spelling catalpa being due to a transcription error on the part of the describing botanist (Scopoli) making the first formal scientific description of the genus.”

“The tree is the sole source of food for the catalpa sphinx moth (Ceratomia catalpae), the leaves being eaten by the caterpillars.”


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