This vibrant red flower grows on the Framboyan, or Royal Poinciana, tree. This flower is thought to have originated in Madagascar, and now flourishes widely in tropical climates.
It does particularly well on this island, where it is Haiti’s national flower – flamboyant in French.
The framboyan has special spiritual significance, since the red flowers are believed to have been coloured by Jesus’ sacrificial blood.
It also symbolises more general spiritual beauty and peace, perhaps due to its wide-reaching branches that provide excellent shade.