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National Tree (Flower) of Thailand – Cassia fistula L.

Trees in Thailand-The Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula L.)

The Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula L.) in the family of Leguminosae is the National Flower of Thailand ; its yellow petals symbolise Thai royalty. The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, was named after the tree, which is most often called dok khuen or ratchaphruek in Thailand

In Ayurvedic medicine, Golden Shower Tree is known as aragvadha (“disease killer”). Its fruitpulp is used as mild laxative, against fevers, arthritis, vatavyadhi, nervous system diseases, all kinds of rakta-pitta as well as cardiac conditions and problems such as acid reflux. The root is considered a very strong purgative, and self-medication or any use without medical supervision is strongly advised against in Ayurvedic texts.

The tree blooms profusely during the hot and dry season in April.

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National Tree (Flower) of Thailand - Cassia fistula L.

National Tree (Flower) of Thailand – Cassia fistula L.

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