A raintree in the Rain

A few weeks ago I had the chance to join a friend of mine to a bonsai show in Sao Paulo. On a cool spring day, we went to the botanical garden of Sao Paulo, and strolled through the show. My shirt was quickly soaked, because spring weather is 32c, no wind, high humidity. In any case, I saw exotic tropicals such as Jabuticaba:


But what caught my attention even more were some of the raw stock. Of course, raintrees (Pithecellobium tortum) are from Brazil. However, I did not expect to see many for sale. After all, in Europe I have NEVER seen one grown by anyone. They must be rare, right? WRONG. Every seller had a few of them, at insanely affordable prices. Needless to say.. I could not help myself and needed to get one.

Raintree at copacabana

I was not in Brazil for fun, so the tree had to do some travelling. Here it is looking out over the Copacabana. I told it, it was not allowed to go to the beach while I was at work!

After quarantine & repotting I modified a hanging lantern into a small greenhouse enclosure.

Raintree in wintersun

Tell me what you think!