Botanical name: Lophopetalum wightianum Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Balpale is a large tree up to 60 m tall and 195 cm diameter, sometimes with buttresses. Bark is coarsly fissured. Leaves are simple, usually opposite, sometimes alternate. Leaf-stalk is 0.8-2.5 cm long, round. Leaves are 8-26 x 4-10 cm, elliptic-oblong, tip pointed to long-pointed, base rounded, margin entire, papery or somewhat leathery. Secondary nerves are 6-13 pairs. Striking flowers are borne in panicles up to 12 cm long. Flower petals are dull red, disk bright red. Fruit is a capsule, 3-4 angled, elongated; seeds many, white, papery winged. Balpale is found in low elevation wet evergreen forests and often found in swamps and along streams, up to 900 m, in Pakistan, India, Indochina and Southeast Asia.
Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
The flower labeled Balpale is ...