Sunday, December 2, 2007

Geiger Tree (Cordia sebestena)

The close up shows the true beauty of the flowers. There are flowers on the tree all year long, but not many today.

The Cordia tree has become part of the Florida Key's history. Named after Captain John H. Geiger, a pirate who built his home in Key West, the name "Geiger tree" was likely inspired by Audubon's engraving of Captain Geiger's beautiful flowering Cordia tree with white-crowned pigeons sitting in a branch.