Poinciana boiviniana Baill.
Poinciana lutea Regel
Delonix boiviniana is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and resin.
Delonix boiviniana has a wide distribution, there have been recent collections made, and it is known from several protected areas. However, its native habitat, the dry forest, is fragmented and degraded, and continues to decrease in quality and extent; these trends should be monitored to determine whether the population of this species is declining. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Africa - Madagascar
Dry, subarid thicket and forest; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. Dry forest especially on limestone outcrops but also on sand; mainly at elevations up to 600 metres, but occasionally up to 1,100 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Species in this genus generally prefer a moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position[
This species is thought to be pollinated by moths due to its night opening flowers, white petals with long dark stamens and an upper petal with a narrow tubular nectariferous claw[
A resin obtained from the tree is used as a glue[
The trunks are hollowed out to make canoes and coffins[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
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