Ratchaphruek or Lluvia de Oro?

 Ratchaphruek or Lluvia de Oro?

When I was in Barranquilla, Colombia, I saw many trees with cascading boughs of yellow flowers that they called lluvia de oro (golden rain). Recently in Chiang Mai, Thailand I have been seeing what I think is the same tree – the Ratchaphruek (in English called the unintentionally funny golden showers). Ratchaphruek is the national tree of Thailand otherwise known as Cassia fistula

Here is a picture of the Ratchaphruek – the yellow one, and the orange one Thai people call the  หาง นกยูง (peacock tail). It’s called Royal Poinciana in English, and is one of my favorite trees. I’ve seen it in Thailand, Caribbean Colombia, Panama, and even Florida. According to an Indian friend of mine, supposedly ancient Indian folklore mentions this tree (the Gulmohar tree).

Yellow is Ratchapruek and the Orange is Royal Poinciana or หาง นกยูง

Is the Ratchapruek and lluvia de oro the same tree? I think it is. I’d post more pictures of it, but just as quickly as it blossomed, now its yellow petals have fallen. Another reminder of impermanence.


4 thoughts on “Ratchaphruek or Lluvia de Oro?

  1. Thank you so much, it has been driving me crazy what these orange trees are called when I read Poinciana, then I remembered that is what they were indeed called in Jamaica when we lived there. Great blog!

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