The names themselves look interesting, no? – Peacock flower and Pride of Barbados. In Kerala it is commonly known by the name Rajamalli. A very beautiful and common flowering plant which is enchanting due to the unique shape and colors of the flowers – that is the short description I felt about this plant.
Here I have one such plant in my garden, a small one. And the pictures here are of this plant and another one from the neighbouring, which is much larger than the one here. Earlier, almost all houses had a Rajamalli near to them, but now that is changing, as everything is changing..
There are different varieties of the same plant. I have seen flowers in pure yellow, mix of orange and yellow, and red-yellow. Anyway only one type is shown here.
It is a thorny shrub and usually grows to a height of 4 – 5 meters. The leaves are paired like that of mimosa pudica (touch-me-not plant). The long stamens of the flower looks like the crest of peacock head. The plant is usually grown from the seeds and not by stem cutting.
Botanical name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Hope that you liked this amazing plant 🙂