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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/27/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/27/2012)
Species DELONIX REGIA (Bojer) Raf.
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Tellur. 2:92. 1836.
Synonym Poinciana regia Bojer in Hook. Bot. Mag. pI. 2884. 1829.
Description Spreading tree, the branchlets subglabrous, lenticellate, corky in age. Leaves large; petiole usually about 10 cm. long, flattened and somewhat sulcate above, swollen basally; rachis up to 5 dm. long, somewhat nodose and cross-partitioned at insertion of the pinnae, tomentulose or puberulent; stipules sagittate-bifurcate (the lobes frequently dissected), caducous; pinnae up to about 20 pairs, spreading, the rachis about 12 cm. long, tomentulose; ultimate leaflets up to 40 pairs, oblong, usually nearly 1 cm. long and 3-4 mm. wide, inequilateral basally, rounded or obtuse apically, usually tomentulose or puberulent above and below especially along the veins, lighter below. Inflorescence as described for the genus; bracts ovate- lanceolate, about 6 mm. long; pedicels up to 10 or more cm. long in lowermost flowers. Flower red, very ornamental; calyx-tube from pedicellar articulation about 7 mm. tall, shallow within; calyx-lobes spatulate-lanceolate, 2.5-3 cm. long, valvate in bud, reflexed in age; petals large, about 6 cm. long, spreading, the claw about 3 cm. long, expanding apically, tomentulose within, the blade suborbicular,
Habit tree
Description usually 3-3.5 cm. wide, glabrous; stamens about 4 cm. long, tomentose basally; anthers ovate, 4-5 mm. long, bilocular; ovary linear, 1 cm. long or longer, lightly hirsute; style about 3 cm. long, glabrous; stigma terminal, pubescent, unexpanded. Legume broadly linear, frequently 4-6 dm. long and 5-7 cm. wide, scarcely curved, compressed, 2-valved, the valves ligneous; seeds oblong, transverse.
Distribution Native to Madagascar, introduced into world tropics and subtropics; commonly planted in Central America, West Indies and South America.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Balboa, Standley 30821; Bellavista, Macbride 2764.
Note This colorful tree, the "Royal Poinciana" or "Flamboyant," is one of the most frequently planted tropical ornamentals. Its brilliance during the relatively short flowering season offers Temperate Zone visitors a taste of the expected but often lacking "floral splendor of the tropics."
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