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The Flamboyant 'Flamboyant'

By Dutchlady1
August 16, 2014

Delonix regia is a tree known as "Flamboyant" in certain parts of the Caribbean, and it is easy to see how it got this name.

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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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Aug 15, 2014 10:36 PM CST
I love the flamboyán trees here, they are commonly used as street trees and when they are all covered in blooms in the spring it is an incredible sight. The local belief is that when the flamboyán blooms the rainy season has truly arrived. Any short rains before that can be a false flag but the trees know.

This winter we had rain at least once a week throughout the normally dry season and the flamboyán were muted and did not bloom well. I don't know but I think there could be a need for a truly dry season to trip their bloom cycle. I noticed that while the blooms did not cover the tree as usual, they continued blooming a little at a time and in fact were blooming long before the real rains started.

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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Aug 16, 2014 12:58 AM CST
I love poincianas. They are one of the great introduced trees of tropical North Queensland and the Torres Strait. You often see hundreds of Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses) lining their branches too.
Name: David Paul
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Aug 17, 2014 5:31 AM CST
Great information on a great plant Hetti!
I appreciated the interesting added input to Glen and Jonna. Smiling
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Aug 18, 2014 7:42 PM CST
i first saw them in bloom in cozumel, mexico. it was a stunning sight : whole streets lined with them in bloom!
they planted them all over miami and coral cables in the 20s. and there is an annual royal poinciana festival in miami/coral gables when trees are in bloom - usually near memorial day. the trees are gigantic by now!
when i saw this article i posted a multi that i took past winter in miami: the whole poianciana row lined with mature zamia furfuracea (cardboard palm). you can see how thick the trunks are. and they also have them in downtown along biscayne blvd in bayside park. they are fantastic!

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