the flamboyant tree

When Quentin showed us his diaporama on his work experience in New Caledonia, I recognized this tree immediately, having a photo of Mike and myself  under a fine specimen, on the Carribbean island of Antigua, where we got married in 1997… Souvenirs, souvenirs… We were actually looking for shade under the blazing sun, as the photographer was busy shooting the guests, and it proved really efficient !

The flamboyant tree, Delonix regia, is endangered in the wild, like in the Madagascar dry deciduous forests, but widely cultivated in tropical or semi tropical areas.

It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. It is useful for the shade it provides as it grows not very high, but spreads widely. In Asia, in Thailand particularly if I’m not mistaken, it is called the ‘pupil tree’, as the flowering season corresponds to the end of the school year. Tanntoot, when you read this, can you tell us if that tree has a particular importance in Malaysia ?

In New Caledonia, the flowering season lasts from November to February.

Quentin was there for us to capture its flamboyant beauty – enjoy !

Dec 3, 2011

10 comments to the flamboyant tree

  • Love this tree! The leaves look much like a mimosa’s here, but those flowers are – you’re right – flamboyant! I love the way it spreads its branches, as if it’s begging you to see what is has done! And thanks for visiting my blog. I think if you used a thin layer of compost (make sure it’s finished so it doesn’t burn the seeds), it would be good for your seeds as well as your shrubs/trees. Good luck!

  • Mike

    WOW, Amazing flowers, great photos.
    I want one !!

  • Chrissy

    Great tree! Those flowers look amazing!

    I love your pictures. They are always so clear and vivid. Wish I had that talent.

  • James

    I love how wide it is! Is it fully in flower yet? You prompted me to find some Delonix regia wallpaper, and some of the resulting images are almost entirely (and flamboyantly) covered in red/orange flowers. Wonderful picture Céline!

  • I’m sorry, I’ve just back-tracked to this post! :)

    I think we have this tree too cause I remember the pretty fern-like leaves but I don’t recall the flowers looking so large & awesome! I’ll check it up & post again OK.

  • Its usually called ‘Flame of the Forest’ here (Local Malay name: Semarak Api). But the flowers posted here & those found locally look different, I think ours are smaller & not as showy!! Its usually planted for its ornamental value & are found in parks/open spaces. I don’t see these lovely trees around much nowadays though, perhaps its tendency to shed its numerous small leaves frequently & often meant it was costly for the local council to maintain :(
    We have planted 3 young saplings in Linggi House though :)

  • Farhan

    Its called ‘peepal’ in my country and its abundant. Found in every single street.

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