The African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata) is a shade-tolerant, evergreen tree native to equatorial Africa. It is a member of the Bignoniaceae Family, which includes the Jacaranda (also growing on Maui). It is also known as Flame Tree, Fountain Tree, Indian Cedar, and Santo Domingo Mahogany.
Though it was originally introduced as a domesticated ornamental tree, the African Tulip Tree has escaped cultivation and invaded agricultural land, forest plantations, and natural forests; it is now one of the dominant canopy trees in all of Hawaii’s rain forests and has become a serious threat to the biodiversity of that ecosystem.
Nowadays supplementary food commercials tend to imply high-tech products by high-tech professionals from high-tech manufacturing plants. Well, let us give the commercials benefit of the doubt. Take a look around you and you will see non-humans that are experts in high-tech food production. One of these experts is the honey bee. The honey bee gathers sweet materials including nectar from plants to synthesize a complex product that no food manufacturer has been able to replicate; honey.