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ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Amaltas, Golden shower tree, Indian Laburnum • Assamese: Hunaru Phool সোণাৰু ফুল • Hindi: अमलतास Amaltas • Kannada: ಕಕ್ಕೆ Kakke, ಆರಗು Aaragu, ಆರಗಿನ Aaragina, ಕೊಂಡೆ, ಕೊಂದೆ Konde • Manipuri: ꯆꯍꯨꯢ Chahui, ꯆꯥꯑꯣꯍꯩ Chaohei • Nepali: राजवृक्ष Raajavriksha, अमलतास Amalataas • Tamil: கொன்றை Konrai • Malayalam: Vishu konnai • Marathi: बहावा Bahava • Mizo: Ngaingaw • Bengali: সোনালী Sonali, Bandarlati, Amultas • Urdu: املتاس Amaltas • Gujarati: ગરમાળો Garmalo • Sanskrit: आरग्वधः Aaragvadh, राजवृक्षः Raajavriksha शम्पाकः Shampaak, चतुरङ्गुलः Chaturangul • Oriya: ସୁନାରି Sunari
Botanical name: Cassia fistula      Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

This native of India, commonly known as Amaltaas, is one of the most beautiful of all tropical trees when it sheds its leaves and bursts into a mass of long, grape-bunches like yellow gold flowers. A tropical ornamental tree with a trunck consisting of hard reddish wood, growing up to 40 feet tall. The wood is hard and heavy; it is used for cabinet, inlay work, etc. It has showy racemes, 1-1.5 ft long, with bright, yellow, fragrant flowers. These flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. The fruits are dark-brown cylindrical pods, also 2 ft long, which also hold the flattish, brown seeds (up to 100 in one pod) These seeds are in cells, each containing a single seed. A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this tree.
Medicinal uses: The sweet blackish pulp of the seedpod is used as a mild laxative.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.

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