Fire Is­land

The Flame Trees of Saint Luca

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Ev­ery sum­mer, be­tween May and Septem­ber, the Saint Lu­cia land­scape be­comes a riot of red, or­ange and yel­low . . . the flam­boy­ant trees are in full bloom!

Royal poin­ciana is a flam­boy­ant tree in flower — some say the world's most colour­ful tree. For sev­eral weeks in spring and sum­mer it is cov­ered with ex­u­ber­ant clus­ters of flame-red flow­ers, four to five inches across. Even up close, the in­di­vid­ual flow­ers are strik­ing, with four spoon­shaped scar­let or or­ange-red petals and one up­right slightly larger petal (called the stan­dard) which is marked with yel­low and white. Even the leaves are el­e­gant, lacy and fern­like.

The red va­ri­ety is by far the most com­mon across the Caribbean, but the yel­low and or­ange va­ri­eties can also be found across the is­lands. When dif­fer­ent coloured flam­boy­ant trees are planted close to­gether, the ef­fect is spec­tac­u­lar.

So if you are on va­ca­tion in Caribbean dur­ing the sum­mer months look out for these mag­nif­i­cent trees and their blaz­ing vivid blooms!

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