Delonix regia (Bojer ex Hook.) Raf.

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Delonix regia

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Delonix regia

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Delonix regia

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Poinciana regia Hook.
Common names: Flamboyant (English) Royal poinciana (English)
Description: Tree, ± flat-topped, often multi-trunked and branching near the base. Leaves alternate, c. 40 × 20 cm with c.15 pairs of opposite pinnae, each pinna bearing 25-30 pairs of opposite leaflets. Petiole and rhachis channelled above. Leaflets 8 × 3 mm, oblong, minutely pubescent. Sepals 3 × 0.7 cm, narrowly elliptic, green on the back, scarlet on the adaxial side, acute. Petals 5; lower four petals long-clawed; lamina 5 cm, elliptic, scarlet; upper petal longer, yellow. Pods 35 - 80 cm, pendulous.
Derivation of specific name: regia: splendid, royal
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Native of Madagascar; very commonly planted in Zimbabwe as a street tree.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Saturday 11 July 2009

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 203 - 204.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Delonix regia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Delonix regia
African Plant Database: Delonix regia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Delonix regia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Delonix regia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Delonix regia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Delonix regia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Delonix regia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Delonix regia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Delonix regia
JSTOR Plant Science: Delonix regia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Delonix regia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Delonix regia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Delonix regia
Tropicos: Delonix regia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Delonix regia., retrieved 18 February 2018

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