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 !