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Pink Cedar   
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Pink Cedar
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Pink Cedar, Acrocarpo, Australian ash, Indian ash, Kenya coffeeshade, Mundani, Red cedar, Shingle tree • Hindi: मंडानिया Mandania, मंधानी Mandhani, मुंडानी OR मुंदानी Mundani • Manipuri: মুন Mun, মুন্দনী Mundani • Marathi: टोकफळ Tokphal • Tamil: மலைக்கொன்றை malai-k-konrai • Malayalam: Karangan, Kurangadi • Kannada: Belangi, Hantige • Bengali: মুন্দনী Mundani
Botanical name: Acrocarpus fraxinifolius    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gumohar family)

Pink Cedar is a fast-growing tree, which can reach 30-60 m in height. The straight trunk has spurs and the round crown is composed of rising branches. The leaves are bipinnate, about 30 cm with 3-4 compound leaflets and consisting of 5-6 elliptical, lancelike leaflets 7-10 cm long and arranged in pairs. The leaves are bright red when young, giving the tree its characteristic appearance. The wood of Pink Cedar is hard and strong. Because it physically resembles ash and walnut woods, it is used as a substitute for these two species. The wood is used in the construction of houses and in the manufacture of furniture and packing cases. In Africa the tree is planted to provide shade in coffee plantations. The flowers are scarlet red and arranged in axillary racemes. Flowers appear on tree when leafless, up to 20 dense heads hanging down from branch ends, each 12 cm long, dripping nectar from the reddish-green to orange flowers. Fruit is an elongated and flattened pod, narrowly winged, 10-18 seeded.

Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave
Photographed at Tableland, Panchgani, Maharashtra.
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