Delonix regia (Hook.) Rafin.
|Synonym:||Poinciana regia Hook.|
|Common Name:||Royal poinciana, Flame tree|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||February - July|
|Distribution:||Native of Madagascar; now cultivated throughout the tropics|
|Habitat:||Planted as ornamental tree|
|Uses:||Ornamental. A leaf decoction presumably has anti-rheumatic effects. In eastern Nigeria the leaves are used traditionally for treating pain.|
|Key Characteristics:||Gulmohar are trees with leaves bi-pinnate, alternate; rachis, pulvinate; pinnae 8-20 pairs, opposite; leaflet lamina oblong, margin entire. Flowers bisexual, crimson, in terminal or lateral corymbose panicles; calyx tube very short; lobes 5, valvate; petals 5, imbricate; margins fimbriate; upper petal dissimilar and white streaked with red and yellow; stamens 10, free; ovary half inferior, ovules many; style filiform; stigma truncate. Fruit a pod, woody.|