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Flamboyant Tree Blossom in Mauritius 2024-2025

Observe how the whole of Mauritius dresses in red as the Flamboyant Tree starts to blossom

Best time: November–January

Flamboyant Tree Blossom
Flamboyant Tree Blossom

From November till January, the northern and coastal parts of Mauritius drastically change due to the blossoming of the beautiful Flamboyant Tree or Delonix Ragia. A flamboyant tree has large flowers with four spreading petals, which are colored mostly in red or sometimes white, depending on the species.

The flamboyant tree, also known as “bouquet banana,” discovered in Madagascar in 1824, is now common in the tropical belt and has become part of Mauritian folklore. A flamboyant tree announces summer as well as the arrival of a new year. The abundance of reddish flowers offers an unbelievable delight for the eyes and serves as a fabulous sensation for numerous photographers.

The flamboyant is suffering from the vagaries of time. The population of these trees has been considerably reduced over recent years. Although there are no accurate statistics of this contraction, you can see for yourself by driving around Grand Bay or Mon Choisy.

There’s a popular belief that a small Flamboyant Tree was growing nearby the cross on which Jesus was crucified, and his blood was shed over the flowers, giving them this unique deep red color.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Mauritius to see the Flamboyant Tree in bloom?

November until January is the best time to see the Flamboyant Tree in bloom in Mauritius. The appearance of these trees around this season signifies the arrival of summer and a new year in Mauritius. This time can be enjoyed at northern and coastal parts of Mauritius with their trees blossoming in beautiful red flowers. Show more

Where can I find the best locations in Mauritius to see the Flamboyant Tree?

The Flamboyant Tree in Mauritius can be explored in several places including Grand Bay, Mon Choisy, La Louise Waterfall, Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, Domaine Les Pailles, and Le Val Nature Park. They can be found in rows lining the picturesque locations of the country during their blooming period. Show more

What other trees can I see in Mauritius besides the Flamboyant Tree?

Tropical trees other than the Flamboyant, like frangipani, tamarind, baobab, banyan, and ebony, are present in Mauritius. Smaller trees such as the “Bilimbi” and the “Mauritius Plum” also offer an enjoyable experience. Tourists can explore all of these trees in Mauritius, which add to the beauty of the place. Show more

How can tourists help preserve the Flamboyant Tree in Mauritius?

To preserve the Flamboyant Tree in Mauritius, tourists can contribute in several ways like avoiding littering around the tree. They should avoid stepping on or damaging the tree roots. Additionally, they can donate or volunteer to organizations that work toward conserving the flora and fauna of Mauritius. Tourists can also support the protection of endangered species that depend on the Flamboyant Tree for survival. Show more

What are the cultural beliefs attached to the Flamboyant Tree in Mauritius?

In Mauritius, the Flamboyant Tree is popularly believed to have grown close to the cross where Christ was crucified, and its unique red color comes from the blood of Jesus shed over its flowers. This belief makes some people consider it a symbol of his sacrifice, while others relate it to the new year arriving in Mauritius. The Flamboyant Tree has also become a part of Mauritian folklore. Show more

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