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The Brilliant, Brief Flowering Season Of The Flame Tree Is Now

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The exotic queen of subtropical South Floridian tree species, the great Royal Poinciana, is in the midst of her fleetingly short, but spectacularly bold and beautiful flowering season, producing - nay, gushing - thick blankets of fiery red blossoms literally cascading from long, sinuous, cloud-like branches of green leaves. Nobody knows exactly who brought the Royal Poinciana from its native land of Madagascar to South Florida, but it's found nowhere else in the United States. Perhaps it was that granddaddy of horitculturalists David Fairchild, whose house, the Kampong, now a botanical garden, is known for its Poinciana specimens.
· The Kampong [National Tropical Botanical Garden]