Yellow Ashok Tree (Saraca thaipingensis)


Saraca thaipingensis Cantley ex King 1897, commonly called Yellow Ashok Tree, Yellow Saraca or Sorrowless Tree, is an evergreen, tropical tree, native to the Malay Peninsula.

The Yellow Ashok Tree belongs to the legume family (Fabaceae) and reach heights up to about 8-10 meters. Flowers are born on old wood in big dense clusters, which get a size of about 40-45 cm in diameter. Single flowers get a size of about 1 cm and are fragrant in the evening and at nighttime. Flowering period: January - April. The Yellow Ashok Tree (Saraca thaipingensis) is well-liked as a fast-growing, ornamental tree for both, its beautiful leaves, especially when young, and stunning yellow flowers.

furthermore the tropical tree is considered as a highly valued medicinal plant. Flowers, leaves and twigs have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Yellow Ashok flowers are used in traditional, natural medicine to treat cough. Saraca thaipingensis requires a wet area, as in its natural habitat it grows along river banks, and is best cultivated in full sun - partial shade.

Yellow Ashok Tree (Saraca thaipingensis)
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