Peacock Flower
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Peacock Flower
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Peacock Flower, Pride of Barbados, Dwarf poinciana • Hindi: गुलेतूरा guletura • Manipuri: ক্রিশ্নচূরা Krishnachura • Marathi: Sankasur • Telugu: రత్నగంధీ Ratnagandhi • Kannada: ಕೆಂಜಿಗೆ Kenjige, ರತ್ನಗಂಧಿ Ratnagandhi • Oriya: Krishnochuda • Tamil: Mayurkonrai • Malayalam: Settimandaram • Bengali: ক্রিশ্নচূড়া Krishnachura, রাধাচূড়া Radhachura • Sanskrit: Sidhakya
Botanical name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

This beautiful treelet, whose place of origin is unknown, is sometimes called Dwarf Poinciana due to the resemblence of its flowers and leaves to those of Gulmohar. They are botanically related but Peacock flower plant grows only to a height of about 3 meters, retains its leaves throughout the year, and blooms continuously. Flowers, which appear in clusters on long erect stems, are smaller than those of Gulmohar and have exceptionally long stamens and a prominent pistil which protrudes from the center. The most common color is red-orange, but one variety has pure yellow flowers.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Taj Mahal, Agra.

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