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  Amherstia nobilis
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Caesalpinioideae)
  Citation:  Amherstia nobilis Wall. in Taylor & Phillips, Philos. Mag. J. 68: 323. 1826; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 272. 1878; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 1. 1992.
  Malayalam Name(s): Simshipa-vriksham
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Pride of Burma, Orchid Tree
  Description: Trees, bark dark brown, lenticellate; young parts puberulent. Leaves paripinnate, alternate; stipules 2.5 cm long, intra petiolar, ovate-lanceolate; rachis 20-34 cm long, stout, pulvinate, glabrous; leaflets 8-14, opposite, estipellate; petiolule to 10 mm long, stout, glabrous; lamina 9.5-25 cm x 4.5-6 cm, ovate, ovate-lanceolate, oblong or elliptic-oblong, base obtuse, apex acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, glaucous beneath, coriaceous; lateral nerves 7-20 pairs, pinnate, prominent, secondary laterals prominent, intercostae reticulate, faint. Flowers15 x 12 cm, bisexual, yellowish-red, in drooping terminal panicles to 62 cm long; pedicels to 7 cm long; bracts and sepals bright red; bracts to 6 cm long, ovate; calyx tube to 4 cm long, lobes rolled to back, petals 4.5-7.5 cm long, mixed reddish and yellow; stamens 9, tube to 4 cm long, filaments alternately long and short; anthers dimorphic, versatile; ovary half inferior, pubescent, stipe to 1 cm long; style curved; stigma capitate. Fruit a pod, 15-20 x 3.5-4 cm, oblong, brown, compressed; seeds 3-6.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: May-August
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikkode
  Habitat: Grown as garden plant
  Distribution: Native of Myanmar, grown as ornamental tree
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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