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Flamboyant Tree-A touch of Madagascar in the Canaries!

Observed: 14th October 2011 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Description:

Beautiful tropical tree from Madagascar, widely grown in the Canaries, planted in streets and town squares.
It grows in most soils, but has a very aggressive root system, so not good close to buildings.Also grows well near the sea. Bark has medicinal properties,seeds used to make necklaces. One of the most beautiful trees of tropical regions.Photo taken in La Palma.

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Fenwickfield's picture

Not real

I know it is but it does not look real,not used to such vibrant colours.

Fenwickfield

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Delonix regia

Hi Fenwickfield and thanks for the agreement!
The plant is mindblowingly beautiful, and is real!
I have seen it in botanic gardens in the UK, but never as large as this. In La Palma it is
quite common, but the whole flora both indigenous and exotic is like this, the islands of eternal spring!It's 23 in La Palma today, a measly 7 in Ventnor and a gale blowing!
The Canaries are a botanist paradise, over 500 endemic species( I think the UK has 16?), well worth a visit, we love it!
Dave

David J Trevan

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Snowing

Your 7c is rather warm as it is snowing in Northumberland.

Fenwickfield