DAY 48 (23 MAY) – Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) (Vejer, Spain)
What strange trees jacarandas are. Lovely from a distance with their soft mauve flowers, but close up they are even more intriguing. The flowers are already falling, the leaves seem to grow in clumps and the flat disc-like fruits look like dead brown leaves dangling. Even the branches are interesting, this one twisting towards the sky.
Native to Mexico, Central and South America, jacarandas are now all over the world in hot climates. The name means ‘fragrant’ in the Paraguayan Guarani language.