Royal poinciana - one of the most popular tropical... more
Flamboyant tree, Royal poinciana, Delonix regia
Royal poinciana - one of the most popular tropical trees covered with bright red orchid-like flowers from late winter through early summer. A must for any tropical garden, this tree however requires space since it spreads its branches 30-40 ft wide or more. "The Royal Poinciana is one of the most spectacular flowering trees in the USA, and probably among the top 10 on this planet. In full bloom, it is like a regal elephant caparisoned in red and yellow brilliance." (Larry M. Schokman, The Kampong, National Tropical Botanic Garden) Watch video about this tree.
Pink Torch Ginger, spectacular tropical flower that... more
Etlingera elatior Pink - seeds
Pink Torch Ginger, spectacular tropical flower that makes famous Hawaiian cut flowers. Its leafstalks are tall, growing from underground rhizomes. The torches itself, about 3 ft, also emerge from the ground on a long stalk. The flowerheads are eaten raw in Malaysia, before the bracts begin to open. The Torch ginger likes full sun or light shade and rich, well drained soil, with plenty of water and protection from strong winds.