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Pterospermum acerifolium - Dinner Plate Tree Flowers

Pterospermum acerifolium - Dinner Plate Tree Flowers (Pterospermum acerifolium - Dinner Plate Tree Flowers)

The white and light yellow flowers on this exotic tree is a fragrance that's almost indescribable. Photo taken in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. on Sept. 29, 2010.

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Pity you cant post the smell!

4 Oct, 2010



Maybe one day. lol!

I wish I get a better photo of this tree! It's so tall and very difficult to photograph.

4 Oct, 2010


The common name piqued my curiosity, Delonix, so I looked it up. From the Wikipedia entry on the uses of this species:

"As mentioned before, one of the common names for Pterospermum acerifolium is the Dinner Plate Tree. The utilization of the leaves is exactly what the name depicts. Mature leaves are very large, reaching a length and width of up to thirty five centimeters. They can be used as actual dinner plates or as packaging and storage by wrapping materials inside...."

Good thing it's not deciduous, or fall could be painful there!

4 Oct, 2010



Yes, I read that in India and Burma the leaves are used for dinner plates.

Have you ever seen this tree growing in the Phoenix area?

4 Oct, 2010


No, never. Still doesn't mean it's not here. Some of the older neighborhoods have the doggonedest things tucked away in back yards!

5 Oct, 2010



I know this tree is pretty tropical...however, I would think it should tolerate very high temps.

5 Oct, 2010

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