Coral Shower Tree is native to tropical regions of America. Apparently
originating in the Amazon, the species’ natural distribution cannot be
accurately described. It is a deciduous or semideciduous tree
that grows up to 18 m in height and 50 cm d.b.h. The trunk is
straight and the spreading crown is high, irregular, and made
up of dangling branches. The leaves are paripinnate and made up of 10 to 20
pairs of oblong leaflets that are 3 to 6 cm long and rounded or obtuse at
the apex and base. Cassia grandis is used as an ornamental to beautify
streets, avenues, parks, and gardens. The sweet tasting and bad
smelling pulp of the fruit is edible and is used as a laxative.
The wood is hard and heavy; it is used in rural areas for home
construction, sheds, and structures for roofs and in cabinet-
making. The pink to purple flowers turn salmon-color with time
and are arranged in racemes. The species blooms in spring,
and fruits (legumes) ripen in summer.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed in Maharashtra
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