Tree X – Delonix regia

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Some months ago whilst in Perth we pulled up in a suburban car park and were curious about the type of tree we had parked near. It had leaves much like an acacia or Tipuana tipu but with massive long pods hanging down. Some had fallen to the carpark whilst others had probably been removed from the tree and investigated further.

The Little Fellas each grabbed themselves an unblemished pod as a keepsake. On our return home I figured that with such tough, woody seeds, they would do best being soaked in water before planting them into pots to see what should come of them.

I’m always grabbing random seeds and trying things out. If they should grow and eventually get planted into the garden then I figure they will make for a nice variety in the mulch mix.

Today, I noticed the seeds starting to push themselves up out of the pots as they send down their roots. I have kept them damp since their planting. After a bit of research I have come to think that these seeds belong to the tree Delonix regia (aka Poinciana, Peacock Flower or Red Flame of the Forest). It happens to be a native of Madagascar. It was not in flower at the time as it was nearing the end of fruiting and they were drying on the tree, but what a stunning tree. It will be interesting to see what comes of them.

Further Reading:

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