This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(after Sir Charles Colville, governor of Mauritius). Legumi-nosae. Showy - flowered tropical tree, a worthy rival of the royal poin-ciana, which is closely allied, but easily distinguished, especially by its round and full, not flat, legume.
Colvillea has drooping racemes, 1 1/2 ft- long, densely crowded with perhaps 200 flowers of curious shape and of a splendid scarlet; the flowers open at the stem end of the pendent dense raceme, and display masses of long showy yellow stamens; the unopened flowers are about the size and shape of a filbert, and these are gradually smaller towards the end of the raceme. - Only 1 species, characterized by its large, oblique, colored calyx, having 4 segments, the standard being the smallest instead of the largest part; wings very long, narrow, erect, obovate: pod 2-valved. - Supposed to be a native of E. Africa, but discovered in 1824 by Bojer on the west coast of Madagascar, where a single tree was cult, by the natives. It flowered there in April or May. Its cult, is similar to that of cesalpinia. Prop, in the S. only by seeds. Not common in cult, outside of botanic gardens and fanciers' collections.
Bojer. Tree, 40-50 ft. high, with the general aspect of Poinciana regia but with a thicker trunk and ampler foliage: branches very long and spreading: leaves about 3 ft. long, alternate, remote, twice pinnate, with 20-30 pairs of pinnae which are opposite, 4 in. long, and have 20-28 pairs of leaflets, each 1/2in. long: keel very small, almost covered by the wings; free stamens 10, 3 inserted below the standard, 2 under the wings, 1 under the keel, and 4 under the ovary. B.M. 3325-6. Wilhelm Miller.