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Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Caesalpinia pulcherrima (L.) Sw.

Poinciana pulcherrima L.

Red Bird Of Paradise, Pride-of-Barbados

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusCaesalpiniaNamed after Andrea Cesalpino (1519-1603) of Italy
SpeciespulcherrimaMost pretty or prettiest

About plant names...

The red bird-of-paradise varies from a shrub or small tree to an gangling 20' (6.1 m) tree, depending upon climate. Believed to be native to the West Indies and tropical America, it has escaped cultivation and become naturalized in tropical regions throughout the world.

Identification: Like its cousin the yellow bird-of-paradise, red bird-of-paradise has crinkly five-petaled flowers with long thin bright red stamens. Flowers of the red variety are brilliant orange and red. Leaves are bipinnate, fernlike in appearance.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red Bird Of Paradise, Pride-of-Barbados)

This photo by Martin LaBar won Botany Photo of the Day in 2006

Online References:

Caesalpinia pulcherrima on Desert-tropicals.com

Caesalpinia pulcherrima on FLORIDATA

Caesalpinia pulcherrima as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension

Caesalpinia pulcherrima at the University of Florida IFAS Extension (PDF)

Caesalpinia pulcherrima on Wikimedia Commons

Caesalpinia pulcherrima on CalPhotos

Caesalpinia pulcherrima on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site

Caesalpinia pulcherrima at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Caesalpinia pulcherrima at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

Caesalpinia pulcherrima on eFloras

Caesalpinia pulcherrima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red Bird Of Paradise, Pride-of-Barbados)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 3 × 2' (99 × 66 cm)

Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red Bird Of Paradise, Pride-of-Barbados)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red Bird Of Paradise, Pride-of-Barbados)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Range: Zones 8b-10:

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