Fig. 1 Royal Poinciana (picture taken at the Mauna Lani Bay)
Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)
Adaptation: Tropical- sub-tropical regions
Common Names: Flame Tree; Flamboyant Tree;
Peacock Flower; Gulmohar
Fig. 2 Large pods hang beneath the canopy of Royal Poinciana
After the colorful show, some of the flowers develop into large pods - characteristic of the fabaceae family (Fig. 2) - which contain the seeds. At this stage, the flamboyant inflorescence of the tree is taken-over by the interesting appearance of black pods that are supended under the canopy.
Fig. 3 'Royal Poinciana' in the tropics.
I have seen Royal Poinciana trees in the Philippines, Belize and even in the warmer coastal areas of California but I'm sure that I will never see it flourish in my own garden. The winters here - although relatively mild - will not agree with the tropical requirements of this tree (Fig. 3). However, I have read that its smaller cousin, the Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), can tolerate colder temperatures. Hence, I might still have hope. :)