Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Flame of the forest | Butea monosperma | Palash
classification of Butea monosperma
Species: B. monosperma
Common name: Palas (Palash), Flame of the forest.
Nature of Palash
It is a medium sized deciduous tree with big, smooth and trifoliate leaves.
Flowers are bright orange-red in colour and are in clusters. fruit is a thin and compressed pod.
characteristics of Palash
Its beautiful orange coloured flowers brings colour to forest and hence the name flame of the forest.
Medicianl uses of Palash: Flowers of this plant are diuretic. gum of the tree is known as "bengal kino" and contains tannin, used in the treatment of diarrhea. seeds are used anthelmintic, in the treatment of worms.
Gum "bengal" and flowers yield yellow dye.
provides excellent habitat for lac insect.
leaves used for making platesand bowls.
Status of Palash: Very common.