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vinod kumar gupta

Jul 7, 2008, 2:09:39 PM7/7/08
to indian...@googlegroups.com, pradeep krishen
Taken at delhi on 26.6.8.Its a shrub as yet  but I guess has the potential to grow into a tree
Leaf description:Double feathered with 7-8 sets of leaflets(no terminal set),9 pairs of leaflets in each set
                             Each leaflet smooth on both sides,rounded apex with a short terminal spine
 Spines on stem:solitary ,small(near 3 mm),curved
Would appreciate the id


J.M. Garg

Jul 7, 2008, 9:38:58 PM7/7/08
to vinod kumar gupta, indian...@googlegroups.com, pradeep krishen
I think it's Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Dwarf Poinciana/ Pride of Barbadoes).
Here are some extracts from Wikipedia link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesalpinia_pulcherrima

In the genus Caesalpinia the most popularly planted species is Caesalpinia pulcherrima. Common names for this species include Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, and flamboyan-de-jardin. It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall, native to tropical America. The leaves are bipinnate, 20-40 cm long, bearing 3-10 pairs of pinnae, each with 6-10 pairs of leaflets 15-25 mm long and 10-15 mm broad. The flowers are borne in racemes up to 20 cm long, each flower with five yellow, orange or red petals. The fruit is a pod 6-12 cm long.

It is a striking ornamental plant, widely grown in tropical gardens. It is also the national flower of the Caribbean island of Barbados, and is depicted on the Queen's personal Barbadian flag.

In India it is found in the tropical rain forests. With a beautiful inflorescence in yellow, red and orange, it is called "Ratnagundhi" colloquially.

Here is data & links from Indiantreepix Database:
Caesalpinia pulcherrima- var. flava Fabaceae Dwarf Poinciana, Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Pride of Barbados, flamboyan-de-jardin, Ratnagundhi, shankhasur, Radha Chuda, RAJAMALLI Flowering on 1/6/08 at Butterfly Park, Hyderabad, AP- J.M.Garg Beautiful Trees & shrubs of Calcutta- Flowers profusely in spring (Feb.- April) & Autumn (Sept.- Nov.), occasionally in other seasons. Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)- var. flava - indiantreepix | Google Groups

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vinod kumar gupta

Jul 8, 2008, 9:28:18 AM7/8/08
to J.M. Garg, indian...@googlegroups.com, pradeep krishen
Thanks for the id,Mr.garg.One of the pictures does show curved spines on stem,so the id seems conclusive

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