Botanical name: Hymenodictyon orixense Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hymenodictyon excelsum, Cinchona excelsa
Bridal Couch Tree is a small to medium-sized tree, growing up to 25 m tall. Trunk is usually rather straight, up to 50 cm in diameter. Bark is smooth, greyish-brown. Oppositely arranged leaves are obovate or ovate to elliptical-lanceolate, with scattered minute hairs all over the upper surface. Stipules are ovate, with tiny teeth-like glands on the margin. Flowers are borne in 10 cm long panicles at the end of branches. Lateral branches are generally curving upwards. Flowers have parts in fives. Sepals are minute, flowers are trumpet-shaped, short-hairy outside. Stamens remain inside the throat of the flowers. Fruit is an ellipsoid, 2-valved, many-seeded capsule. Seed are flat and winged all around.
Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi
The flower labeled Bridal Couch Tree is ...