[my house from the front in the rain / the poinciana tree out the backyard]
so im learning the trees around my house. i like the poinciana tree because it's tropical & strikingly beautiful in its oranges. my mama likes the tree because it makes a huge elbow-fingertip sized bean pod that she likes to use as decor.
Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant from the Fabaceae family, Caesalpinioideae subfamilia, noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of countries around 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.
In India it is known as Gulmohar (Hindi and Urdu -‘Gul’ means flower and ‘Mohr’ is ‘peacock’, thus the name suggests a spectacular show of color, like the extraordinary colors of a peacock's tail ). It is also known there as Krishnachura (Bengali: 'crown of the Lord Krishna). In Vietnamese it is known as Phượng vĩ (means "Phoenix's Tail) (Vietnamese), Malinche, and Tabachine. In Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, it is known as "Llama del Bosque".
This species was previously placed in the genus Poinciana, named for Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy, the 17th century governor of Saint Christophe (Saint Kitts), who is credited with introducing the plant to the Americas. Because it is a legume, the tree has nitrogen-fixating and soil-improving properties.
i got down here at the perfect time! flowering season:
South Florida: May–June
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: April–June
Northern Mariana Islands: March–June
United Arab Emirates: April–June
Southern Sudan: March–May
coming next will be the mangrove (best seen on big pine key with the key deer sneaking out at sundown, which im going to visit sometime this week w/ f & j), the banyan (trying to find the best on the island--so far the one out back the library is winning), the seagrape tree, & all these major banana trees everywhere.