Sunday, November 17, 2013

Flamboyant tree

We have just gone through a bit over a month of wonderful jacaranda blooms. The streets awash with purple-blue flowers.
This month the tree of note is the flamboyant tree. Flowers ranging from oranges to reds. It is stunning.

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree. (Wikipedia)

The Kew Gardens web site describes the uses of the flamboyant tree as follows:

Delonix regia is widely planted in the tropics and subtropics as an ornamental tree in streets and parks. It is fast-growing and develops an umbrella-shaped crown, making it a valuable shade tree. The wood is of little value, although it is durable and resistant to water, and has been used for making fence posts. The seeds of D. regia are sometimes used as beads, and there has been some research on the use of the gum obtained from the dried seeds as a binder in the manufacture of tablets, such as paracetamol.

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