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Amruth Home Garden

Amruth HomeGarden draws strength from our age old healing traditions. Generations of our ancestors have spent their lifetime to study plants growing in their neighbourhood and to find out their healing properties for their day to day health care needs.



Butea monosperma
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  • Palas (Marathi)

Description: Tree to 8 (10)m; branchlets densly tomentosa. Leaflets 10-18 x 9-15cm, coriaceous, nerves 7 pairs, glabrous above, sericeous below, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse, retuse; petiole to 20 cm; petiolule to 5 mm. Racemes to 40 cm; flowers clustered at the nodes of rachis; pedicel to 3 cm. Flowers 5 cm across. calyx -tube 1 cm , velvety; upper lobes connate, 5 mm; lower one deltoid, 4 mm. Corolla flame-coloured; standard lanceolate, 5.5 x 2.5 cm silky-pubescent without, claw 8 mm; wings falcate, 4.5 x 1.5cm, adnate to keel; keels 7 x 2cm, incurved, beaked, claw 1 cm. Staminal sheath 6 cm, thick, curved; filaments 2 cm. Ovary 2.5 cm; ovules 2; style 4 cm. Pod to 16 x 5 cm. Reference: Matthew, K.M. 1983. The Flora of the Tamil Nadu Carnatic. Vol. 1 (3 parts). Rapinat Herbarium, St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli.

How to Grow: It occurs in the dry deciduous forests, open grass lands and scrub forests of the tropical zone. In India it is chiefly found in the dry deciduous forests of central and western India. It is more common in the plains and ascends to an elevation of 900 m in the outer Himalaya and upto 1500 m in Southern India.

Care regime: AGROCLIMATIC REQUIREMENTS This tree is recommended for afforestation in water logged areas. It grows on a wide variety of soils including shallow gravelly sites, black cotton soils, clay loams and even on saline soils or water logged situations. Its temperature tolerance ranges from -4 to 49

Parts Used: leaves, flowers, seeds



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Suggested Citation: B. S. Somashekhar, G. S. Goraya, D. K. Ved, Unnikrishnan P. M., Ravikumar K., Gangadharan G. G., Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra, Shilpa Naveen, Vijay Srinivas, Venugopal S. N.; Additional inputs: Soumyashree N., Sagar D. Sangale.
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