The Kibrahacha Tree
Bonaire’s nature never fails to impress when the Kibrahacha blossom–it is one of the most spectacularly flowering trees that anyone will see on Bonaire.
Normally, it’s a very drab looking tree, but once in a great while, when conditions are just right, the kibrahacha breaks out in an overwhelming display of yellow, blanketing Bonaire’s leeward hillsides with a blaze of color.
The kibrahacha tree needs just the right conditions to blossom.
Within just a few days after rain, the kibrahacha break out in buds.
It takes about a day or two for the blossoms to fully open, bathing the tree in a mass of yellow. Bees, in record numbers, collect the pollen.
But the glory is short-lived.
Within a day or so of opening, the blossoms begin to fall to the ground, creating a “snow” of yellow and a yellow carpet. Near-by cactus spines catch the blossoms as they fall, creating yellow-hued cacti to enjoy as well.
Since the kibrahacha require a long period of drought, it’s not guaranteed that the trees will blossom every year, as continuous amounts of small rainfall will keep them in the normal drab appearance. But once they do bloom, the trees show how alive they really are.