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Trees of SN College Chempazhanthy:

Delonix regia (Hook.) Rafin.

Synonym: Poinciana regia Hook.
Sub Family Caesalpinioideae
Local Names: Poomaram, Gulmohar, Royal poinciana, Flame tree

Flowering and fruiting period: February – July

Distribution: Native of Madagascar; now cultivated throughout the tropics

Habitat: Planted as ornamental tree

Uses: Ornamental. A leaf decoction presumably has anti-rheumatic effects. In eastern Nigeria the leaves are used traditionally for treating pain.

Key Characters: Gulmohar are trees with leaves bi-pinnate, alternate; rachis, pulvinate; pinnae 8-20 pairs, opposite; leaflet lamina oblong, margin entire. Flowers bisexual, crimson, in terminal or lateral corymbose panicles; calyx tube very short; lobes 5, valvate; petals 5, imbricate; margins fimbriate; upper petal dissimilar and white streaked with red and yellow; stamens 10, free; ovary half inferior, ovules many; style filiform; stigma truncate. Fruit a pod, woody.