E6. Poinciana Tree

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The flame tree, also known as royal poinciana or flamboyant, is a member of the bean family (Leguminosae) and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful tropical trees in the world.  This aptly named tree produces striking flame-like scarlet and yellow flowers in spring before the leaves emerge.  As the trees mature, they develop broad umbrella-shaped crowns, and are often planted for their shade-giving properties.  The delicate, fern-like leaves are composed of small individual leaflets, which fold up at the onset of dusk.  This tree produces brown, woody seed pods that reach lengths of up to 60 cm; they turn reddish-brown to almost black when ripe.