Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fire Tree


Fire Tree, Delonix regia, Flamboyant Tree, Flame Tree, Royal Poinciana, Arbol del Fuego

Fire Tree is one of the most conspicuous flowering tree I have ever seen.  Instead of going straight to a meeting, I couldn't resist taking photos of these bright fiery red-orange and yellow flowers right across the building I was going to.  It was a hot but breezy afternoon, shooting was a hit or miss.:p


Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae.  It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers.  It is endemic to the western forests of Madagascar, but has been introduced into tropical and sub-tropical regions worldwide.  It can grow as tall as 59 feet, and naturally assumes a spreading umbrella shape.   Fire Tree blooms here from April to May, followed by long, flattened, leathery dark brown or black seed pods.  And because it is a legume, the tree has nitrogen-fixating and soil-improving properties.   More here.


Enjoy beautiful flowers from around 
  

23 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

How beautiful! What a wonderful flower. Great shot!

A wondering star said...

Wow, amazing tree - so vibrant!

Very pretty photos!
Thanks for sharing.

Birgitta said...

Beautiful, colorful photos!

Libby Rodriguez said...

I never heard of a fire tree before! It is really cool - you got good macros -- really clear, the stamen are really interesting.

Ebie said...

Its easy to get distracted with this beautiful flower. I do that once in a while.

The pistils look like whiskers! LOL!

Karin M. said...

Great photo work, very nice colors ...
Best regards, Karin

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Exotic and stunning -- beautiful color.

Valerie said...

What a fascinating flower! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog with help on identification of the Dahlia! Happy weekend.

NixBlog said...

Wonderful photos of these flamboyant flowers, Miranda!

Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

guild-rez said...

A flowering Flamboyant Tree is one of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

Herding Cats said...

Wow, what an amazing flower.

Cheryl said...

Really brilliant flowers on this tree. It must be gorgeous to see the whole thing in bloom.

Francisca said...

Between you and Andrea, you're making me homesick! The fire tree is one awesome tree when it's in full bloom.

Photo Cache said...

I've seen this flower for the first time in Costa Rica last year and was so impressed. I didn't see this back home :(

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Incredible blooms! Haven't seen these before. :-)

Indrani said...

These are also called the peacock flowers. Lovely captures.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wow, these flowers are so beautiful! wonderful captured :)

Modern Mom said...

Beautiful shots!

Miss Charming said...

Such gorgeous blooms to photograph. Lovely shots! (Worth bumping a meeting for.)

lina @women said...

Here we call them bunga Merak (Peacock flower). When I was a kid, I often use the flower as earrings :)

Arija said...

Beautifully presented. Not an easy task considering the height of the flowers and the wind factor.

Melissa Evenson said...

I had the same experience, I saw this flowering tree in route and had to stop and get some pics, thanks for sharing!