Genus: Delonix Regia
Common name: Gulmohar / Royal Poinciana / Flame Tree / May flower tree / Gul Mohr
Come summers and the streets of New Delhi and NCR region burst into a pop of brightness with the blooming on the Gulmohar trees. Its vermilion orange flowers make a very flamboyant statement, rendering it the most eye catching tree on the block. There are some variants in a deeper pinkish red too but the orange one is most common.
There is a rare variety of yellow blooms called Delonix Regia Flavida and is found mostly in West Bengal where its known locally as Radhachura.
I am blessed to have plenty of these gorgeous trees in my residential colony and enjoy the extravaganza all summers.
The flamboyant and gorgeous tree grows all over the world, in most tropical and sub-tropical regions. Gulmohar is quite popular as an urban landscape tree and has religious and cultural significance in several parts of the world.
Its known as Kaalivaripoo in the Indian state of Kerala, meaning “the flower of Calvary” as its thought to be associated with the crucifixion of Jesus. Its also known as Vaaga in certain regions of Kerala.
Its the official tree of Vietnam where its also popularly known as “Phoenix’s Tail” and sometimes also as the “Pupil’s flower”. Latter name is bestowed on it owing to the fact that it begins blooming as the schools close down for the year.
Gulmohar is the national flower of St. Kitts & Nevis, the official tree of the city of Key West and its the city flower of Sepang, Selangor, Malayasia.
In Myanmar its called Sein-Pann-Ni and flowers by March. Its been designated as the sign of the Thingyan Festival there.
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Thursday Tree Love is a fabulous tree hop by the lovely Parul K Thakur who opens the blog hop every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. So if you have a gorgeous tree to share with us, please link up on her post.
Meantime you can have a look at the tree I shared last fortnight here