Genus: Cassia Fistula
Common name: Amaltas / Laburnum / Golden rain tree / Golden chain tree / Kanikkona / Swarnapushpa / Bahava ke phool
As a child I was fascinated by the Amaltas flowers as I would mistake them for bunches of grapes hanging from the tree. The golden flowers spring forth in chandelier form and can be seen blooming from late April to about August end in North India.
Its a sight to behold in urban landscapes where its very popular as an avenue tree. Come season, social media feeds are littered with photographs of its vibrant sunshine flowers.
Golden Rain tree is revered as the state flower of Kerala where its used as a mandatory offering during the ‘Vishnu festival’ or the Malayalam New Year celebrations. The golden flowers are called Kondrai or Kanikkona in Kerala.
Its a popular tree through out South East Asia and is honored as the national flower of Thailand for its thought that the golden hues hint at royalty.
In Ayurveda the tree is known as “Aragvadha” or the disease killer tree for its superb medicinal value. The fruit pulp is said to have great laxative properties while the flowers have use in folk remedies. But care needs to be taken as all parts of the plants are said to be poisonous.
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What I love about the Golden rain tree is its ability to bloom so strong and bright in the intense Indian summer heat. Its almost as if its defying the summer sun to burn it up. Its a favorite sight in summers and I always look forward to the show. I end up burying a few blooms in between the pages of books to make into bookmarks later. I am blessed to have long rows of amaltas trees near my house as its a very popular avenue tree here.
Have you ever seen the Amaltas tree? Do you have one in your neighborhood? I would love to hear about your experience of sighting this gorgeous tree.
Thursday Tree Love is a fabulous tree hop by the lovely Parul K Thakur who opens the blog hop every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. So if you have a gorgeous tree to share with us, please link up on her post.
Meantime you can have a look at the tree I shared last fortnight here