Jacarandas are one of the tallest species of flowering trees there are in the world. The were initially found in brazil, but quickly spread over the world. In spanish and its native portuguese language, a discreet accent is added on the last syllable, making it Jacarandá.
There are some very nice stories and traditions regarding Jacaranda trees, that I would very much like you to know. In Pretoria, South Africa, students believe that if a jacaranda flower falls on top of your head, you're definitively going to pass. Jacaranda flowers are fairly big and fleshy, which attracts bees by the thousand during the period of full bloom. Some people get badly stung for walking barefoot in their gardens, or around the yard. Nobody ever tells you that, of course.
In the 30's and 40's, the medical staff at maternity wards in Brisbane, Australia, used to give jacaranda saplings to every new mom, urging them to plant them in their yards, as their children grew tall and blossomed . This lead to a proliferation of the tree in the city, mainly because of all the jacaranda-related pregnancies-- the species were rather scarse and highly appreciated, which prompted people to structure families in order to get a hold of the tree, or, as the popular expression goes, to get a household of the tree.
Picture by María Collado, "Jacarandá en el Cielo"
Jacarandas were kindly brought to you by Carlos Silva