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Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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 Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree
Origin: India, Sri Lanka
Can be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This tree has stunning flower clusters. In the habitat it can grow tall, but can be grown in container as a small specimen tree. The trunk is very interesting, it becomes twisted, follows no particular pattern, making it a conversation piece. At the base it can form a bottle-like caudex if grown in a pot. It is slow growing and attains a height of about 15-20 ft when mature at the age of about 50 years or so. The bark of Dhak is fibrous and bluish gray to light brown in color. It exudes a kind of red juice when injured. That dries into a very useful gum. The leaves are large, up to 1 ft wide and long, compound, each has three leaflets with tough texture: coriascious with the surface glabrescent above and hairy silken beneath. The leaves fall off by December and reappear during spring. When the tree is leafless, it bears flaming orange to red-colored flowers appearing in February and stay on nearly up to the end of April. The flowers form a gorgeous canopy on the upper portion of the tree, giving the appearance of a flame from a distance. The fruit of palas is a flat legume; young pods have a lot of hair a velvety cover. The mature pods hang down like peculiar legumes. This plant is useful in many ways. Its leaves are essential for various religious rituals in Hindu homes. These are also used as cheap leaf plates and cups for rural feasts. In some parts of the country these are used for wrapping tobacco to make biddies. These are further used as packing material for parcels. The cattle also eat the Dhak foliage quite greedily.The bark of Dhak yields a kind of coarse and brown colored fiber, which is used for rough cordage. Butea gum is a dried astringent juice obtained from incisions in the stem of the tree. The juice exuded by the bark hardens in to brittle ruby colored gum beads. This gum is sanctioned to be used as a substitute for the kino gum. It finds use for caulking boats as well. The Dhak flowers yield an orange dye. The seeds are used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine for treating a number of human maladies. The Dhak tree acts as a host for lac insect and is, therefore, useful in producing natural lac. Use it as a specimen, or as a background component of the canopy. The tree loses its leaves as the flowers develop, in January - March. The plant has a good salt-tolerance, it can be used in coastal areas, but protect from direct exposure to salt spray, which will burn the leaves. See article about this plant with PICTURE GALLERY of Butea.


 Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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Butea monosperma, Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Flame of the Forest, Dhak, Palas, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

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Flame of the Forest - a stunning small tree from India, Sri Lanka with spectacular clusters of red flowers. Very slow growing. The trunk is very interesting, it becomes twisted, follows no particular pattern, making it a conversation piece. At the base it can form a bottle-like caudex if grown in a pot.
This tree drops leaves in late spring and starts re-leafing around end of June (in Florida).
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Painting. Flame of the Forest - by Olena Light

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Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma). An authentic painting by Olena Light, a legendary Ukrainian artists.
Acrylic on canvas, 8" x 8".
Each painting is unique and one of a kind. You may custom order portraits of your favorite pets and people that the Artists will create for you from a photo. Please contact us for a quote.
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Gmelina macrophylla, Ephialis simplicifolia, Gmelina dalrympleana, Vitex dalrympleana, Vitex macrophylla, Grey Teak

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Family: Lamiaceae
Grey Teak
Origin: Australia, New Guinea
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds
 Gmelina macrophylla, Ephialis simplicifolia, Gmelina dalrympleana, Vitex dalrympleana, Vitex macrophylla, Grey Teak

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Gmelina macrophylla, Ephialis simplicifolia, Gmelina dalrympleana, Vitex dalrympleana, Vitex macrophylla, Grey Teak

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Gmelina macrophylla, Ephialis simplicifolia, Gmelina dalrympleana, Vitex dalrympleana, Vitex macrophylla, Grey Teak

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Gmelina macrophylla, Ephialis simplicifolia, Gmelina dalrympleana, Vitex dalrympleana, Vitex macrophylla, Grey Teak

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Gmelina macrophylla, Ephialis simplicifolia, Gmelina dalrympleana, Vitex dalrympleana, Vitex macrophylla, Grey Teak

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Intsia bijuga, Vesi, Merbau, Borneo Teak, Island Teak

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Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Vesi, Merbau, Borneo Teak, Island Teak
Origin: Eastern Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia, Malesia to Caroline Islands
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

A spreading tree up to 40 m (130 ft) tall, Vesi is undoubtedly one of the most highly valued trees in the Pacific islands, both in terms of its traditional cultural importance and its value for commercial timber. Its durable, easy-to-work, attractive dark red-brown wood is especially favored for use in house building, furniture, and woodcarving. The tree was so extensively exploited in Southeast Asia for its timber that few natural stands remain.

Vesi has a wide range of environmental and climatic tolerances. It prefers wet, hot climates but can tolerate annual dry seasons. The tree occurs most frequently in coastal and lowland forest on well drained or swampy sites. It is also found in tropical rainforest, in primary or old secondary forests, and in open forests. The species also occurs in wet ground on the inner edge of coastal mangrove swamps.


 Intsia bijuga, Vesi, Merbau, Borneo Teak, Island Teak

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Intsia bijuga, Vesi, Merbau, Borneo Teak, Island Teak

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Podocarpus polystachyus, Poly-spiked Podocarp, Sea Teak

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Family: Podocarpaceae
Poly-spiked Podocarp, Sea Teak
Origin: Southeast Asia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Podocarpus polystachyus is endemic to Southeast Asia and mainly found on sandy beaches where it is found in groups at the high water mark, as well as on coastal cliff, swampy forests, and back mangroves. Inland, it is found on limestone hills.


 Podocarpus polystachyus, Poly-spiked Podocarp, Sea Teak

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Tectona grandis, Teak

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Family: Verbenacea
Teak
Origin: Tropical Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Ultra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Teak is considered a very valuable wood because of its ability to withstand weather. It even prevents any metal used in it from rusting. Teak is very stable, which means that it does not warp when subjected to variations in humidity and temperature. According to Ayurveda, wood is acrid, cooling, laxative, sedative to gravid uterus and useful in treatment of piles, leucoderma and dysentery. Flowers are acrid, bitter and dry and useful in bronchitis, biliousness, urinary discharges etc. Roots are useful in treatment of urinary system related troubles. According to Unani system of medicine, the oil from flower is hair promoter and useful in scabies. Wood is good for headache, biliousness, burning sensation and pain and liver related troubles. It allays thirst and possess anthelmintic and expectorant properties. Wood is used for ship building, railways, piles in harbour, bridge-building, construction work, furniture and cabinet work. Leaves yield dye, which is used for dyeing cotton and wool. It prefers no competition, so for the first few years, it has to be cleared of weeds and kept from being shaded. After about three years, the trees are large enough to shade out competing vegetation. Teak requires very good drainage and rich soil. It prefers a dry season of about three months.


 Tectona grandis, Teak

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Cordia goeldiana, Freijo, Jenny Wood

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Family: Boraginaceae
Freijo, Jenny Wood
Origin: Brazil
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowers

Freijo is very similar in strength properties to Teak, and is occasionally used as a substitute for Teak in building ships.


 Cordia goeldiana, Freijo, Jenny Wood

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Dalbergia sissoo, Sisu, Sissoo, Indian Rosewood

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Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Sisu, Sissoo, Indian Rosewood
Origin: India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
Can be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

After teak, it is the most important cultivated timber tree in India, planted on roadsides, and as a shade tree for tea plantations. Sissoo makes first class cabinetry and furniture. It is used for plywood, agricultural, and musical instruments, skis, carvings, boats, floorings, etc. The leaves are used for fodder.


 Dalbergia sissoo, Sisu, Sissoo, Indian Rosewood

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Dalbergia sissoo, Sisu, Sissoo, Indian Rosewood

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Pterospermum acerifolium, Dinnerplate Tree

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Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Dombeyoideae
Dinnerplate Tree
Origin: Burma
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Dinner plate tree is outstanding for avenue plantation. Its broad and dense leaves give complete shade. It must be releasing the maximum amount of oxygen in to the atmosphere. The large flowers are unique in shape and have an exotic fragrance. the grounded flower petals cure chronic headache. The outer sepal is of jack color and the inner cepal is of yellow color. The flower is funnel shaped and white. The whole flower gives the look of a designer garment. Huge leaves used as plates in India, where it is grown for shade and for valuable timber similar to oak and teak.


 Pterospermum acerifolium, Dinnerplate Tree

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