I seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment with identifying plants and trees, quite surprising and probably won’t last. This one is the Bird of Paradise Tree, Caesalpinia gillesii, (Arbol de ave de paraiso in Spanish), a deciduous tree or shrub growing up to about six metres in height.

Bird of Paradise Tree, Nerja

Although it is known as the Bird of Paradise Tree, it is apparently not related in any way to the Bird of Paradise genus Strelitzia. It is just a common name, that’s all.

Bird of Paradise Tree, Nerja

The Bird of Paradise Tree is native to tropical South America, mainly Uruguay and Argentina, but is found throughout the world, particularly as an ornamental plant. It has yellow flowers with quite distinctive red stamens and generally blooms during the summer.

Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Caesalpinia
Species: C. gilliesii