Friday, May 8, 2009

Painting The Town Red ...

...and orange, is the very flamboyant, vibrant, Delonix regia.
Also known as the Flame tree and Royal Poinciana, it is a
spectacular sight in full bloom. Said to be a native of
Madagascar, it is one of the most common sights on the Indian

By the end of April,the first flush of colour is seen on the
trees.By May, they are in several phases of bloom as you can
see from the pictures below. The blooming period lasts till
October/November. I've seen one tree with some flowers in
the month of December too!

Although these trees grow to be very tall they also spread
and provide a lot of shade. In India, the Flamboyant tree
(yet another name it is known as), is called the Gulmohur and
the Krishnachura.


Prospero said...

This is one of the most beautiful flowering trees on the planet. Would you believe that our trees in Bermuda don't even have leaves yet. Do yours ever lose their leaves? Here, it is a deciduous tree.

tina said...

What an apt title. Gorgeous!

Linda Lunda said...

I ´LOVE those trees!
First time I saw them they tooke my breath away!

Mildred said...

So very pretty Kanak.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

easygardener said...

What beautiful colours. They must be spectacular trees when they are all in flower.

Chandramouli S said...

That truly is an awesome tree, Kanak. We get to enjoy them here too. Hurray! Hi-Five!

Susie said...

Y'all have the most beautiful trees Kanak. The next to the last picture is gorgeous.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thank you all for your comments. It 's really a welcome sight to see these blooms in these hot days of summer.


Prospero, here it's not. I've never seen the trees bare. When the leaves shed gradually, the tree starts to bloom. Except for the last photo, every tree I photographed, had leaves.

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Kanak~

I LOVE the royal poinciana tree! It is one of my favorites! We have a few of them growing in the neighborhood and I just love to sit under them and gaze in awe at the beauty it provides! Ours are not in bloom yet. Great post!

Sunita said...

Hi Kanak! The Gulmohur is one of my favourite trees. I love their sheer flamboyance and their lacy, delicate leaves.
I've got to add that our trees do go almost completely leafless by April until the flower-buds show up in a month's time. Then the tree is filled with flowers and not a leaf in sight.

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful! I learn so much when I come here to visit. Thank you!

NatureStop said...

I just love the colours of the beautiful Krishnachura trees.Pls do check FB:-)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Karrita, the tree does something to you, doesn't it?! Passing by so many of them while moving from point A to B, it makes you think about the wonders of nature....

Ditto, Sunita. There are so many in bloom right now that it's wonderful to simply gaze at them. Thanks for mentioning that bit about the leaves.

Wendy, thanks. Lovely to have you back after your 'Ocean break'!

Ruby, I must....from now on!

Stephanie said...

Hi Kanak, how's Sunday? Enjoyed Mother's day? We also have the flame tree here. The striking red flowers make the tree looks like the tree is on fire :-)

Hanneles Paradise said...

Lovely, nice trees.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.