A "Flame Tree" Presented Before a Brilliant Southern Sky
This spectacular tropical ornamental tree is one of the iconic images of beautiful Key West, Florida, and a lovely image to have captured on a photographic refrigerator magnet to take home as a souvenir from Florida. The Red Royal Poinciana Tree can be seen in its fullest blooming glory during the months of May and June. Although its fern-like green leaves stay lush and beautiful throughout the year, it is when those flamboyant scarlett flowers take over in early summer that this gorgeous tree puts on the lavish display that earned its nicknames.
"Flame Tree" and "Flamboyant" are two of the monikers attached to the vibrant flowering tree. In other parts of the world the Red Royal Poinciana has similarly descriptive names. In India it is called Gulmohar, which means "Peacock Tree," the same name it's called in Cambodia. In Vietnam it is Phuong, or "Phoenix's Tail." In Bangladesh, Krishnachura, "Krishna's Crown."
Some places around the world have garnered nicknames because of this splendid flowering tree, like the town of Penuelas, Puerto Rico, which is called "The Valley of the Poinciana Trees" because so many of them grow beside the rivers there.
Relax in the Shade in Key West
In addition to its rarified beauty, the beautiful Red Royal Poinciana Tree serves a very important function on the lovely island of Key West- it provides a nice, shady place to lean back and gaze out upon the vast ocean horizon. The beautiful and functional Flame Tree is but one of the many things that notable celebrities who spent time in Key West enjoyed. Authors like Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams wiled away hours in contemplative thought beneath the shading arms of the Red Royal Poinciana Tree, perhaps conceiving of their greatest works.