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    Mexican Poinciana

    This hardy small tree or large bush is a natural for Central Texas, loves dry conditions, full sun and blooms prolifically on new growth. Unlike it's cousin, the tropical Caribean poinciana (not the Royal Poinciana), this one has yellow petals with bright red showy stamens and is hardy in Zone 8.
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    Bob Beyer
    Austin TX, Zone 8b/9a

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    What an interesting shrub. THe stamens are wild aren't they? Also interesting is that Dawn posted a picture of the Royal poinciana. Are they related? I've learned a whole new species today. Is this one also related to our native mimosa like the Royal one? If I were in a warmer zone this would be one I would have to have.
    tennessee sue

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    http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plan...gilliesii.html

    This site has more info on this plant Caesalpinia gilliesii. Common names are very confusing here - this one known as Desert or Mexican Bird of Paradise, nothing at all like Streletzia regina.

    It's closest relative is Caesalpinia pulcherrima
    http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plan...lcherrima.html

    which is more tropical. It is not related to the Royal Poinciana - I corrected my previous post accordingly.

    I love researching new plants on Google and there are many sites that give good information about almost any plant in the world. This is why I try to give specific botanical names to make it easy for others to research and learn about them.
    Bob Beyer
    Austin TX, Zone 8b/9a

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