- either of two trees, Brachychiton acerifolius or B. australis, native to Australia, having clusters of bright scarlet flowers.
- royal poinciana.
Origin of flame tree
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for flame tree
He halted under a flame-tree, and a man came out of the darkness and laid a hand upon his knee.Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete
- any of various tropical trees with red or orange flowers, such as flame-of-the-forest