Botanical name: Terminalia paniculata Family: Combretaceae (Rangoon creeper family)
Synonyms: Pentaptera paniculata
Kindal is a tropical tree with a large natural distribution in Western Ghats. The tree has diverging branches. Leaves are nearly opposite, elliptic-oblong, heart-shaped at the base, sharp at the tip. Flowers occur in spiked forming a compound panicle. Fruit has one large and two small wings. It is the fruits, rather than the flowers, which make the tree more colorful. The tree is extensively utilized in pharmaceutical, timber tannin, leather and silk industries. It is a tall tree. Timber very useful for ship building & is used as substitute for teak. Fruits are used for tanning & dyeing. In winter, the tree may be partially leafless. Flowering: November-January.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
The flower labeled Kindal Tree is ...