Every month we introduce a new tree to understand its many uses and its role in the environment. Take a look at the Sarakonrai tree.

I am a Sarakonrai, also known as Golden Shower and Amaltas. My botanical name is Cassia fistula

You see me as: A medium-sized tree, with large leaflets. I am one of the most beautiful of all tropical trees in summer. When I burst into flower, I am a riot of yellow gold. My fruits are long, dark-brown cylindrical pods, which hold flattish, brown seeds.

I am: The national flower of Thailand and the state tree of Kerala.

My beautiful flowers: Are of ritual importance during the Vishu festival celebrated in Kerala. The Vishukkani, which literally means ‘the first sight on the day of Vishu after waking up’, consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, yellow konna flowers and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli.

I am also referred to as: Aragvadha or “disease killer” and am widely used in Ayurveda.

Did you know: That the Indian Postal Department issued a special stamp on me in 1981?