caesalpinia pulcherrima

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red bird of paradise

red bird of paradise

Common, strikingly beautiful shrub with intense orange and red flowers. Young seeds are edible (remove seed coating before eating) and taste like peas (plant is in pea family). NOTE: Its close relative, Caesalpinia gilliesii (Yellow bird of paradise), is also a common landscape plant and can be distinguished by its yellow flowers with long red stamens. The seeds of that bird of paradise are poisonous and cause severe irritation of the digestive tract! Medicine men use it, but normal people should leave it alone.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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Butterfly pollination of Caesalpinia pulcherrima, with observations on a psychophilous syndrome Journal of Ecology 67:155-168
The total length of flowering period was extended by 2-4 weeks in 2010-11 as compared to 2009 for species like Bauhinia variegata Linn., Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Linn.) Sw., Cassia fistula Linn., Parkinsonia aculeata Linn., Acacia nilotica Delile, Calliandra tweedii Benth., and Prosopis juliflora DC.
This is in addition to the Nerium oleander (Oleander - Tree form), Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Pride of Barbados) and Jatropha pandurifolia (Coral bush).
[Brassicaceae] Lipaphis pseudobrassicae Caesalpinia pulcherrima (L.) Sw.
15 E Euphorbiaceae Euphorbia pulcherrima Willdex Koltz 5 E Bauhinia forficata Link 18 N Caesalpinia pulcherrima (L.) Sw.
Table 1--Emergency and first count of germination speed index (IVE) of Caesalpinia pulcherrima seedlings in a different function substrates.