Delonix regia (FABACEAE) Poinciana

Weeds to Whack

Medium-sized deciduous tree from Madagascar widely planted across the world as an ornamental, a pest in some areas but not a serious weed yet, in Brisbane. Occasionally you see some germination in sensitive areas, but it is not a pest on the scale of Chinese Elm, Privet or Camphor Laurel. It develops a broad crown with showy orange-red, brilliant-red flowers in summer. Weed risk is low. Leaves are compound, bipinnate with up to 400 leaflets each about 1 cm long. Flowers in corymbose racemes near branch tips, flowers brilliant red, uppermost petal streaked with yellow. Fruit is a flattened woody pod up to 50cm long.
Photo: Matt Tomkins