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Trees of SN College Chempazhanthy:

Saraca asoca (Roxb.) de Wilde.

Synonym: Jonesia asoca Roxb.
Family Caesalpinioideae
Local Names: Ashokam, Asoka tree

Flowering and fruiting: February – August

Distribution: India and Myanmar

Habitat: Evergreen forests, also grown as ornamental tree in the plains

Uses: Sacred Indian plant, Ayurvedic, ornamental. The juice obtained from boiling the bark is a cure for some ailments of women, and a pulp of the blossoms is one of the remedies used for dysentery.

Key Characters: Saraca asoca are trees with bark surface brown or brownishblack. Leaves paripinnate, alternate; leaflets opposite, narrowly oblong, margin entire. Flowers bisexual, yellow-orange or red, in dense sessile paniculate corymbs. Calyx petalloid, cylindric; lobes 4, ovate-oblong, imbricate. Petals 0. Stamens 7 or 8, coloured; anthers versatile. Ovary half inferior, stipitate. Fruit a pod, flat, oblong.