The western facade of Reims Cathedral, France. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ...
Although these free-flowing patterns in lines of double curvature originated in the English Decorated Gothic (early 14th cent.), the French adopted them as the basis of a lavish style quite different from the English original.
Flamboyant works exhibit pronounced freedom and exuberance, created by high, attenuated proportions, accumulated and elaborate traceries, and many crockets, pinnacles, and canopied niches.
It is believed that the style first appeared in the west facade of the cathedral at Rouen (1370); its culmination is in the Church of St. Maclou, Rouen (143750).
Flamboyant or royal poinciana as it is called, blooms in dense clusters and burst into scarlet orange blossoms.
The tree of flamboyant is often more that 40 feet high with wide spreading branches from a domed top, sometimes even reaching the ground.
Flamboyant is hardy to 35° F., althought there are reports that it can survive temperatures down to 25° F. Royal poinciana can also be grown in a very large container and it can probably also be used for bonsai.
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