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Royal Poinciana


A picture of a Royal Poinciana tree in San Clemente from our day trip back in February of this year. Thanks to google I was able to do a search with the image to figure out the name of the tree and from there I was able to look up what I wanted to find out about it. It originally came from Madagascar and was introduced to Yucatan, Mexico in the late 19th century. It grows there now in the wild but in other regions its grown artificially as part of avenues and parks as in this case. I don’t blame them, they are very pretty.

I had initially thought it was Japanese since it looks like a large bonsai tree, I was thinking… California… Pacific Ocean… WWII… Japan… thats how I did my math but unfortunately I was wrong… not even close πŸ™‚

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10 responses

  1. Wrong or not, it’s beautiful!

    May 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

  2. dianne

    oh that’s beautiful

    May 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

  3. Stunning picture, stunning tree! πŸ™‚

    May 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

  4. I know that tree! I passed that tree daily πŸ˜‰ Great shot!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

  5. this is beautiful!! Love the low angle

    May 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  6. myallegro31

    Beautiful shot!

    May 10, 2012 at 1:43 am

  7. Very pretty indeed.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

  8. Nandini

    Wow! πŸ™‚

    May 11, 2012 at 2:08 am

  9. However, I don’t believe that’s a Royal Poinciana. Rather, it looks like one of the Coral Trees (Erythrina sp.). They are very common in Southern California. The Coastal Coral Tree (Erythrina caffra) is the city tree of Los Angeles.

    May 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

  10. narhvalur

    Very good post! I saw this tree in Flora nd wondered about the ID!!! Now I know, thanks! Very good…. Ann

    May 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm