It’s nearly impossible not to notice the absolutely gorgeous brilliant reddish-orange flowers of the Tabachín trees dotted throughout the Jaltemba Bay area. The flowers start to bloom near the end of May and have five petals, one of which has distinctive white and yellow markings. The Tabachín is also known as Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant Tree.

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During the winter, Tabachín trees drop their delicate fern-like leaves allowing you to see their large seed pods.

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These non-edible pods can measure up to 24-inches, and the dried seeds inside literally sound like a rattle when shaken.

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Many of the local Tabachín trees are located along the highway, making it challenging to take photos. After searching high and low for one in full bloom, I finally spotted three at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos (above photo) and a few trees with nearly half their flowers blooming and most of their seedpods still attached located on the Conalep campus in La Peñita (bottom photo).

Tabachínes only bloom for a month or two, so get out there and enjoy them while you can!

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View more plants in bloom under the Flora & Fauna: Plants & Trees category.

by Allyson Williams Updated June 6, 2013

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8 replies
  1. Patty Schemenauer
    Patty Schemenauer says:

    Allyson,
    I believe there is one of these trees on Madre Perla in Los Ayala. Next time you go to visit Ellaine, look for it on the left hand side of the first block before the road gets too steep.

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  2. barenda
    barenda says:

    Thank you! We have been coming to the bay for 7 years. Have seen the winter version, the huge seed pods on a street in Los Ayala, and could never find out the name!! Wish I could see this one in the blooming time! Great articles today, thanks again!

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  3. John Jedlinski
    John Jedlinski says:

    Hi. Some twenty years ago my sister went to the Caribbean on holiday and brought one of these seed pods back, I recently broke mine so I decided to sow the seeds and much to my amazement one sprouted.
    However my excitement was short lived. As the tree grew the hard shell trapped the stem and it withered. I have read somewhere that the Tabachín tree is suitable to bonsai. Would love to have ago.
    I have looked on the internet but cannot find any where to buy them
    I wondered if anyone could help me to source some.
    Regards John (England))

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