Like a golden chandelier (or a bunch of yellow grapes) hanging from bare brown branches or against a backdrop of delicate green just-emerging tender leaves...I love this summer-flowering tree and you can see why it is called Golden shower. Often seen in residential colonies lining roads.It has long hanging stick-like seed pods.
Residential colony. By the side of a road.
It is believed Rabindranath Tagore, Poet laureate of India gave it the name Amaltas but I am not so sure about that. Purging Cassia is easy to understand since the blackish pulp of the seedpod is used as a mild laxative. The long stick-like seedpods give it the name Bandar (monkey)-Lathi (stick) ...not sure again whether it means monkeys use it as a stick or these are sticks to beat monkeys with!! India has a postal stamp on this tree. Wilipedia says It is both the national tree and national flower of Thailand. It is the state flower of Kerala in India.
Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.36
Spotted on Apr 22, 2019
Submitted on May 6, 2019
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