Family: A member of the Caesalpinaceae family. Other members include Flamboyant (Delonix regia) and Golden Shower (Cassia fistulia)
Description: Small to medium size, fast-growing tree, 7-15 m tall (23-49 ft), with spreading crown; leaves 10-15 cm (4-6 in.), shaped like hooves of a cow, hence called Camel's Foot in some areas; inflorescense lateral at the ends of branches; large showy magenta and white flowers that resemble orchids in shape, with central petal darker and with reproductive parts clearly visible; 3 stamens are curved and longer than the other two; fruits are 15-25 cm long pods (6-10 in.).
Natural Habitat: Grows best in full sun or partial shade on well-drained soils.
Origin and Distribution: Native to India and SE Asia; now widespread throughout tropics and semi-tropics, and throughout Caribbean.