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(Science: botany) A prickly tropical shrub (Caesalpinia, formerly Poinciana, pulcherrima), with bipinnate leaves, and racemes of showy orange-red flowers with long crimson filaments.

The genus Poinciana is kept up for three trees of Eastern Africa, the Mascarene islands, and india.

Origin: NL. Named after M. De Poinci, a governor of the French West Indies.