Walking around Funchal recently (both the photos below were taken yesterday) you can’t but help notice the Jacaranda in bloom (possibly slightly past their best as the green of the first leaves is beginning to show through). Technically these are termed Blue Jacaranda, although the colour, certainly to me, can appear more purple. Generally classified as Jacaranda mimosifolia it is also known as the Black Poui, or as the “fern tree” which is certainly descriptive of the leaf form after the flowers bloom. World-wide they are more frequently associated with South Africa and Australia (where in some areas it is regarded as “invasive” as it hinders the growth of native species) they contribute enormously to the character of the Madeiran capital.
At the same time you have to wonder how long before “Health and Safety” sees these and other tress in Funchal being removed and the cobbles replaced with perfectly level pavements in order that nobody makes a claim after a fall!