I just want to confirm the species of the tree in the middle of the picture. Is it the "Flame of the Forest"? This is taken in my school campus. Thanks in advance!

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It looks like a Royal Poinciana tree with the scientific name Delonix regia..

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Please refer to this link for more info


I actually should write it in comment, but I did to upload a few photos.

From the distant-photo of the tree, I couldn't understand clearly; however from a trace of vertical long patches (long hanging fruits?) it seems to be Delonix regia, but I'm not sure.

If you could upload some more close-up photos, focusing more features, it will help. In-fact Delonix is easily identifiable.

In-advanced I posted some photo, it will help to think-out how-to capture the possible important features in photograph.


flower and flower bud delonix

http://chalk.richmond.edu/flora-kaxil-kiuic/d/delonix_regia_MERIDA_06s.JPG Flower is approx 8 to 10 cm wide. 1 petal (out-of 5) is different- colored from other, yellowish. If the Tree is delonix, you'll obtain flower and petals scattered beneath the tree.

flower, delonix


The flowering season is normally late-spring to late-summer.

If it is Delonix regia, it would yield fruits like this:

Delonix https://txtriffidranch.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/orangebloom_62714_4.jpg

The fruits are pods (legume-fruits) , flat, big, could be 1 foot to more than a meter; 4 to 6 cm wide. Green and tough when young , but when ripen, become brown, very hard , woody and lose flexibility.

You'll find fallen fruits below the tree, entire fruit and splitted fruit both find. Splitted fruits look like this,

Delonix fruithttp://www.backyardnature.net/q/delonix.jpg

(and this is a good plaything for school-going kids and village kids)


Single leaf http://static.memrise.com/uploads/things/images/18258191_130813_1724_38.jpg The small leaf-like objects are leaflets of delonix. The single big thing is 1 leaf. The leaf is pinnately compound twice... i.e. bipinnate. with each step of fractal is paripinnate (even-pinnate). Look the pulvinus.

Leaves http://static.memrise.com/uploads/things/images/18258191_130813_1724_38.jpg This is what several leaves look like.

phyllotaxy is alternate and spiral-type.


Are these match to your tree? If not, then bring me back to reality.


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