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Sal Tree

Shorea Robusta Roxb


I spotted this beautiful tree while traveling through Phnom Penh. It had a very unique look and the flowers smelled fantastic! In Buddhist tradition, it is said that Queen Māyā of Sakya gave birth to Gautama Buddha under a sal tree in a garden in Lumbini. The trees in Cambodia had signs at the base stating that the trees were sacred and picking the flowers was sinful.


This tree is native to southern Asia. Sal is moderate to slow growing, and can attain heights of 30 to 35 m and a trunk diameter of up to 2-2.5 m.

1 species ID suggestions

ramjee.n 4 years ago
Cannonball Tree
Couroupita guianensis Couroupita guianensis

1 Comment

ramjee.n 4 years ago

This is the flower of cannonball tree (Couroupita guianensis) and not Sal tree (Shorea_robusta)'s flower...

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Lat: 11.56, Long: 104.92

Spotted on Sep 28, 2011
Submitted on Sep 28, 2011

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