Last Saturday, I stepped out of our Library and gasped with delight! GASP with me NOW!
it is a Red Silk Cotton Tree....The tree blooms in March and April for two glorious months of color, not a leaf on it, just the fruit and flowers that look like red lilies to me.
The tree is widely planted in Malay, Indonesia, south China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and India, and is a common in our sub tropics here in Central Florida
the fruit is used as a substitute for cotton and the flowers for herbal tea.
The trunk has lots of thorns on it to protect the tree from animals, like elephants rubbing on it and turning it over. (no elephants here in Florida that I know of)
Are you gasping YET? if not you Will when you see the crazy photographer....