Royal Poinciana

Delonix regia

Royal Poinciana, Delonix regia, Mombasa, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Ft. Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya. January 2012.

FLOWERS: Five very large petals are uneven in size and coloration. Most specimens have red-orange flowers, but there are cultivars with alternate flower colors.

TREE: Large tree with widely spreading branches provide welcome shade.

LEAVES: Leaves are twice compound with small leaflets. The leaves appear feathery.

RANGE: This tree is found in gardens and hotel grounds mostly in lower, hotter portions of Kenya, including near the coast. It survives at higher elevations as well. Native to Madagascar and now planted everywhere in the hot tropics. Invasive potential is low.

FRUIT: The brown bean pods are long, rather wide, and mostly straight. On maturity they are woody and hard, sometimes exceeding a 1 m in length.

UNARMED. No thorns.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Caesalpinioideae - Senna Sub-Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 19 September 2012.