Our first walk in Key West produced these beautiful tropical flowers (they had fallen below the tree just as you see them here). Apparently they are from a Pink Bombax, Shaving-Brush Tree, this deciduous tree is native to tropical Mexico. The tree is mostly leafless this time of year, better to see these pink beauties.
They start as an brown/yellow banana shaped bud (below-left) which peels down to reveal the pink “shaving brush” flower within. Just one small reason why we love tropical Key West.