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Posted: 8/15/2010 9:57:44 AM EDT
Need help to identify a tree seen growing in the Florida Keys.
I'm no expert thats for sure.

We were down there on vacation a few weeks back and saw these growing in Largo and Marathon.
Tree leaves looks very similar to a locust or mimosa tree.
Has bright reddish/orange flowers growing on it.
Seed pods were approx 1 foot long, blackish/brown, similar to vanilla beans.
Seeds are approx 1 inch long x 1/4inch.

I know this isn't much but thanks for any help.
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 10:08:42 AM EDT
I know exactly what you're talking about, but dont know what there are either. A few years ago we snagged some seed pods and planted the seeds, through the years only one lived but it got to be about 6 feet tall. Then our work crew doing our home renovation ran it over and killed it I would love to get more as they are beautiful trees!
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 10:45:36 AM EDT
Sounds like a Tamarind?
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 10:58:04 AM EDT
I think I've found it. Royal Poinciana.
Link Posted: 8/15/2010 11:09:51 AM EDT
Delonix regia ? Geiger tree? Tourist tree? I don't know just throwing some names out there for you to google and check.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:42:02 AM EDT
Poinciana
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:03:53 PM EDT
http://forestry.about.com/od/treeidentification/tp/tree_key_id_start.htm
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:41:35 PM EDT
It sounds like you are describing royal poiniciana trees.

I live in the Keys and that is what it sounds like to me.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:46:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 3:01:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By HellifIknow:
I think I've found it. Royal Poinciana.


Once I googled Locust and mimosa tree leaves I figured the Poinciana was your tree. Had one in the yard growing up. I'd like to have one again.
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