I’m Flamboyant!

No, not me, although I love Mae Wests quote “It is better to be looked over, than overlooked”.

I am talking about the Flamboyant Tree or Royal Poinciana.

 These are well-loved trees in Barbados, and they have just recently come into flower. You can easily spot them, they are flamboyant. Bright red flowers, fern like leaves, they really stand out from the crowd.

The dense foliage provides very welcome shade this time of year, and they are low, but wide-spreading trees.

 Delonix regia flower from June through September, when they stop flowering and the large seed pods form. This tree is in the legume family, as you can certainly tell from those seed pods, and are very popular all over the tropics.

Perfectly Flamboyant!


18 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    It is a beauty! Loud and luxurious.

  2. 3

    What a super tree, shade must be so essential where you are, and such pretty flowers too, perfect!!

  3. 5

    ricki said,


  4. 7

    I remember seeing these when we were travelling on an Italian container ship around the bulge of Africa. Makes me think of a nasturtium tree!

  5. 9

    For a tree that you can’t eat, it does look pretty good.

  6. 11

    I wish I had a tree with flowers like that although they do seem to go better with a tropical climate.

  7. 13

    Hanni said,

    Lovely orange! You must be having quite the gardening adjustment. 🙂

    I received your email about Pinterest and would love to send you an invite…your email came through as a “no-reply” though…would you mind sending it through again? sweetbeangardening (at) gmail (dot) com.

  8. 15

    Dazzling! A fabulous splash of summer color!

  9. 17

    garden muses said,

    Loud and proud! Must be a tough tree if it’s situated in a parking lot. I’ll think of the colourful flowers next time I see yet another honeylocust, lol!

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