royal poinciana

royal poinciana

noun
a tree, Delonix regia, of the legume family, native to Madagascar, having showy clusters of brilliant scarlet flowers and long, flat, woody pods.
Also called flamboyant, flame tree.


Origin:
1895–1900

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royal poinciana
 
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Also called: flamboyant a leguminous tree, Delonix regia, that is native to Madagascar but widely cultivated elsewhere, having clusters of large scarlet flowers and long pods

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royal poinciana

(species Delonix regia), strikingly beautiful flowering tree of the pea family (Fabaceae). Though native to Madagascar, it has been widely planted elsewhere in frost-free regions for its scarlet to orange flowers and its shade. It is a rapid grower, attaining a height of 6 to 12 m (20 to 40 feet) with pinnately divided (i.e., resembling a feather) leaves 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) long.

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