Brisbane walking paths that have been covered in the purple of Jacaranda flowers are now turning red with the fallen blossoms of the Poinciana tree.
This tree comes from Madagascar and its flowers look like an orchid. As a walker, I love these trees because they provide lots of shade with their wide umbrella canopies.
The seed pods are dark brown and are prized by children because when you shake them, the seeds inside make a sound like a maraca. The pods seem to be anywhere from 20cm to 60cm long. In a while, you’ll notice them on the ground when you’re out walking in many areas of Brisbane, particularly in suburban, riverside and bayside parks.