The genus is named after Andreas Caesalpini, a 16th Century Italian Italian physician, philosopher and botanist, who published one of the first plant books of the Renaissance.
He based his taxonomy on the form of reproductive structures although most theologians of the day denounced the concept of sex in plants. Perhaps being the chief physician to the Pope allowed the "blasphemous ideas" which are the basis of modern botanical taxonomy. (Seashore Plants of South Florida and the Caribbean)
"Desert Bird of Paradise"
"Mexican Bird of Paradise"
"Red Bird of Paradise; Pride of Barbados; Desert Bird of Paradise"
a name that really belongs to C. mexicana."
Synonym: Dwarf Poinciana
Because of it's similarity to the Royal Poinciana, Delonix regia
See: Delonix regia
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