Palo di Brasil
Another tree type that also is flowering at this moment is Brasil (Haematoxylon brasiletto). This tree type was more abundant on Aruba, whereas the Spaniards called Aruba, Brasilwood Island. There is still one district which carries the name of this tree. In colonial times the timber of Brasil was used in the production of a red dye for the textile industry. Therefore Brasil was logged at a large scale. Nowadays only 100 trees are known to be growing in the wilderness. Some of them are found near the hotels whereupon the government asked the department of Public Housing and Environment to conserve this area for nature. At the West side of Bubali Bird Sanctuary, behind the building of Fiesta Parks there are 30 flowering trees. Brasil has a characteristic undulating trunk. The leaves are small and round and the branches have thorns. The small yellow flowers are all over the length of the branches.
This type of tree is indigenous of Aruba though endemic. Their conservation for future generations is among the tasks of DLVVM. This can be better done in their original habitat and the department awaits therefore the introduction of the zonification law. Alternatively DLVVM promotes them also for the local gardens and have small plants in pots for sale at the above mentioned address.
For more information call +297 585 6473 or email Department of Agriculture, Husbandry and Fisheries directly.
[Information courtesy of Mr. Facundo Franken of the Department of Agriculture, Husbandry and Fisheries (DLVVM) - Nature Management]