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Poinciana \Poin`ci*a"na\, n. [NL. Named after M. de Poinci, a governor of the French West Indies.] (Bot.) A prickly tropical shrub ( C[ae]salpinia, formerly Poinciana, pulcherrima), with bipinnate leaves, and racemes of showy orange-red flowers with long crimson filaments.

Note: The genus Poinciana is kept up for three trees of Eastern Africa, the Mascarene Islands, and India.


n. a tropical shrub with bright orange-red flowers

Poinciana, FL -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Florida
Population (2000): 13647
Housing Units (2000): 4590
Land area (2000): 35.105724 sq. miles (90.923403 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.237734 sq. miles (0.615729 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 35.343458 sq. miles (91.539132 sq. km)
FIPS code: 57900
Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12
Location: 28.155768 N, 81.476502 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 34759
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Poinciana, FL

Poinciana can refer to:

  • Delonix regia or royal poinciana, a tree
  • Caesalpinia pulcherrima, a shrub
  • Poinciana, Florida, a place
  • Poinciana (album), by jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal
  • Poinciana (song), a standard song composed by Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier.
Poinciana (album)

Poinciana is an album by jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, recorded at the Spotlite Club in Washington, DC in 1958 and originally released in 1963.

Poinciana (song)

"Poinciana" is a song to music by Nat Simon and lyrics by Buddy Bernier written in 1936. The tune is based on a Cuban folk tune "La canción del árbol" ("The song of the tree"). The poinciana tree itself, delonix regia, is a tree introduced to Cuba from Madagascar. Glenn Miller performed it in the late 1930s with his civilian band and then again in 1943 using lush strings with his Army Air Force Band. Benny Carter and Bing Crosby both issued versions in 1944.

It was widely popularised in the 1952 film Dreamboat and subsequently became a standard covered by artists including Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Vic Damone, Keith Jarrett, Percy Faith, Diane Schuur, The Four Freshmen, The Manhattan Transfer and Ahmad Jamal, and which featured again in the 1995 film The Bridges of Madison County. In 1978 disco duo Paradise Express recorded a version which made the top 20 on the disco charts.

Usage examples of "poinciana".

But for anyone walking through streets lined with poinciana, allamanda, frangipani, and coconut palms, or along the most picturesque of waterfronts with its turtle tanks, pelicans, cormorants, and twenty-thousand-dollar boats, death would have seemed a very distant prospect.

Poinciana regia are strewing the ground with their flaming blossoms, I think with a passionate longing of the fragile Trientalis Europae, of crimson-tipped lichens, of faint odors of half-hidden primroses, of whiffs of honey and heather from purple moorlands, and of all the homely, fragrant, unobtrusive flowers that are linked with you!

In summer Mackay is a fecund riot of vegetation, and Cathy's house was surrounded by palm, mango and fiddlewood trees, tipuana and poinciana, and native bottlebrush shrubs.

Royal Poinciana Hospital was a twelve-story pale gold brick edifice that rose at the east end of Eucalyptus Street.

Giant poinciana trees were in bloom, many of them reaching heavy branches low over the water, breezes dropping the flaming petals into the smooth flow of tide and current, and a gigantic mahogany tree shaded the main entrance to the old part, the steps and the porch.

Even when she could still walk a little, he liked to carry her around the place, set her chair in shade where the breeze come fresh upriver from the Gulf, under them blood-red poincianas planted years before by the old Frenchman.

His schooner had rode it out all right, because somebody had lashed her tight to them big poincianas by the house, and they was about the only trees left standing.

I could see all around me over a hundred well-known faces filled with concern and support, and all around them the splendid home Zoey and I had built for them and ourselves down here among the palms and poincianas at the end of the world.

The humidity was uncommonly low for the Keys, and thanks in part to the protection of the thick flame-red canopy of poinciana that arched over the compound, we were just hot enough that the gentle steady breezes were welcome as much for their coolness as for the cycling symphony of pleasing scents they carried: sea salt, frangipani, fried conch fritters, Erin's rose garden, iodine, coral dust, lime, sunblock, five different kinds of coffee, the indescribable but distinctive bouquet of a Cuban sandwich being pressed somewhere upwind, excellent marijuana in a wooden pipe, and just a soupcon of distant moped exhaust.