Yellow Poinciana (Peltophorum pterocarpum)


The Yellow Poinciana Tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum (DC.) Backer ex K.Heyne 1927), also called yellow flamboyant, yellow flame tree or in India Radhachura, is a deciduous, tropical tree. Yellow Poinciana trees are cultivated for their stunning yellow flowers and as shadow trees and often planted as avenue trees together with the Red Flamboyant (Delonix regia). Peltophorum pterocarpum trees reach heights of about 25 meters, sometimes up to 50 meters. The yellow flamboyant is native to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory (Australia). The delicately grained timber is treasured by cabinet makers, the bark produces a brown dye, used in batik cloth. Like its relative, the Red Flamboyant (Delonix regia), the tropcial tree belongs to the legume family (Fabaceae).

Yellow Poinciana (Peltophorum pterocarpum)
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