Delonix Regia, "Flamboyant Tree"

"Poinciana, your branches speak to me of love
Poinciana, your branches speak to me of love
Poinciana from now until the dawning day
Our love, will live forever and a day
Blow tropic wind, sing a song through the tree
Tree sigh to me, soon my love I will see"

......Song to the Poinciana

The "Flamboyant Tree" is another Caribbean wonder and is certainly one of this worlds most beautiful trees, so much so that a song has been composed especially for it, called "Poinciana". ......A part of this song starts the introduction to this page.

Also known as the Royal Poinciana, this large umbrella type shade tree, has the most glorious flaming red blossoms in July, August and September.

Barbadians often use the natural shade of this tree for weekend picnics. It is also useful for taking a restful siesta under the cool shade of this tree while happy tourists, like mad dogs and Englishmen, go out in the midday sun !!! (this song was written and sung by the famous Noel Coward).

(c) Margaret P. M. Bourne, 1996