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Genus: Delonix

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae

About 10 species, native to tropical Africa, Madagascar (highest diversity) and India. Two species are cultivated in southern Africa, including the well-known Flamboyant tree Delonix regia.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Delonix elata

Native from tropical East Africa to India.


Delonix regia (Flamboyant, Royal Poinciana)

Native to Madagascar.


  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.