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Common name: Copperpod, Rusty shield-bearer • Hindi: पीला गुलमोहर Peela gulmohar • Kannada: Bettada huli, Bettada hunise • Tamil: பெருங்கொன்றை Perung Kondrai, Ivalvagai, Iyalvakai • Telugu: Kondachinta
Botanical name: Peltophorum pterocarpum    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)
Synonyms: Caesalpinia inermis, Caesalpinia arborea

Copperpod is sometime also called yellow flame tree, because of the resemblance of its fern-like leaves to that of Gulmohar. It is a very handsome tree with its spreading crown of many branches consisting of feathery mimosa like leaves and abundance of bright yellow blooms. When the copper-red seedpods cover the tree in profusion it is a wonderful sight. Thus the tree is much cultivated as an ornamental and is often planted alternately with Gul Mohur. It is easily propagated by seeds and the timber is used for cabinet work. The copper-pod is a native of Indo-China to North Australia.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi & Bangalore.

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