A blazing bouquet of flame-red flowers, the Poinciana Tree at Darwin’s Botanic Gardens is arguably the City’s most beautiful tree.
The ‘Flame Trees’ are also home to one of the town’s urban myths – The Poinciana Woman.
A haunting ghost story, only kids who grow up here during the 80s and 90s would recall it.
As the story goes the ‘Poinciana Woman’ hung herself from a branch of a Poinciana Tree after she was raped and fell pregnant. Apparently, you can hear her high-pitched screams in the dark and you can call her “back” if you stand under one of the trees and call her name three times… (*eeeeep!)
Whether you believe the myth or not, the trees are truly beautiful.
But, like a ghost in the night, blink and you’ll miss them.
The ‘Flame Trees’ are only in full bloom for around 4-6 weeks traditionally during October-November.
Just in time for Halloween…
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