This is one of the most dazzling red trees of the world and is a native of Madagascar. One petal in five of each bloom is white. The visitor cannot miss it in spring at the end of the dry season. In the summer and fall the large dark brown pods cannot be missed hanging from the leafless trees.
The seeds rattle within and can be used as musical shak-shaks. One leaf holds about 500 small leaflets and the tree is well adapted to drought.
Special thanks to the late Desmond Nicholson of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda and Peter Duce for making this section of Antigua Nice Ltd possible!