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Barbados National Flower

Pride of Barbados - The National Flower
Pride of Barbados
(Poinciana pulcherrima LINNAEUS)
(Dwarf Poinciana or Flower Fence)

The National Flower of Barbados is the Pride of Barbados. It blooms most of the year; the most common varieties are a fiery red and yellow although other colour variations can be found. References to this flower were recorded since 1657.

The National Flower is accepted as the variety with the Yellow Margin on the petals and appears on the Coat of Arms.   

It is a shrub and is often pruned into a hedge. If is not trimmed it can grow to a height of 15 feet. The branches are prickly and the leaves are about 1 foot long and 6 inches wide with many small leaflets.

The flower is about 1 ½ inches across and has 5 petals with a yellow pyramidal blossom, with 1 petal much smaller than the others. It has 10 long stamens with coloured filaments and anthers at the tips. They are also pistils projecting from the center of the flower, with 1 filament bearing a stigma and is the style.


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