Friday, March 11, 2011

Seed Pods A'Plenty

If you visit Miami in the Summer, you will see many, many, many royal poinciana trees in bloom. They are mostly red, thus earning the name "flamboyant" tree. But they come in all shades from orange to dark red. Of course, my favorite ones are the rarer yellow variance. This is a royal poinciana, just about to grow new leaves to prepare for the color show in June. This shot may give you a clue as to how we have so many of this tree species in Miami. They produce an enormous amount of seed pods. They propagate so easily and can grow from nothing to a large tree in only a few years. I know, I have four such trees in my backyard when I had my back turned away and they sneaked in without warning.
Miami Art District

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