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Tesoo : Flame of the forest ( टेसू : जंगल की ज्योति )

Butea monosperma

Description:

It is a medium sized dry season-deciduous tree, growing to 15 m tall. It is a slow growing tree, young trees have a growth rate of a few feet per year. The leaves are pinnate, with an 8–16 cm petiole and three leaflets, each leaflet 10–20 cm long. The flowers are 2.5 cm long, bright orange-red, and produced in racemes up to 15 cm long. The fruit is a pod 15–20 cm long and 4–5 cm broad.

Habitat:

Butea monosperma (Sanskrit : किंशुक, Hindi : पलाश ) is a species of Butea native to tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and western Indonesia. I found it in the forest of Bari Anjania, Khatima, Uttarakhand, India.

Notes:

Common names include Palash, Dhak, Palah, Flame of the Forest, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree, Keshu (Punjabi) and Kesudo (Gujurati). The flowers are used to prepare traditional Holi colour.

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1 Comment

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Beautiful shot..

Pilibhit, Uttaranchal, India

Spotted on Mar 3, 2009
Submitted on Jul 30, 2011

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