Delonix regia (Flame of the forest) (Fabaceae)

Delonix regia (Flame of the forest)

This tree is a wonder of the botanical world and goes by many names, Flamboyant, Royal Poinciana, Flame tree etc. I think it is the ornamental tree par excellence and I can only imagine how it might look like in its natural settings in Madagascar. Interestingly, while this tree is planted as an ornamental in many tropical countries, it is considered endangered in Madagascar.

There is little need for description of this tree. In form it resembles a giant bonsai with what could be considered one of the most marvelous blossoms a legume tree has produced. I will let flamboyance speak for itself.

Delonix regia


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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1 Response to Delonix regia (Flame of the forest) (Fabaceae)

  1. Dilip says:

    Beautiful and informative. I am lucky to reach here from my blog reference on ‘Flame of the forest’. Nice blog. Regards.

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