Flame of the Forest

Scientific name of Flame of the Forest : Butea frondosa/Butea Monosperma

Name of Flame of the Forest in different languages:-

English: Palash, Dhak, Palah, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree

Sanskrit: Kishuk किंशुक

Hindi: Plash पलाश

Malayalam: Plash പ്ലാശ്, Chamatha-ചമത

Plant description:

Flame of the Forest is a medium-sized, deciduous tree, growing up to 15 m tall, it is a slow growing tree. The leaves are pinnate, up to 16 cm petiole and three leaflets, each leaflet up to 20 cm long. The flowers are fire flame like orange-red about 2.5 cm long. The fruit is a pod, up to 20 cm long and 5 cm wide. Wood prepared a resinous substance called Butea gum which is also useful in the treatments.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cordate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate

Useful plant parts:

Flower, Leaf, Seed, Bark, Gum

Medicinal uses:

To treat dysentery, Leucorrhoea, skin disorders, worm infestation, dhobi’s itch, vaginal diseases, retention of urine  etc.

How to prepare medicines:

The gum of the plant is useful to relieve dysentery.

Well ground seed made to paste and applied on affected area is beneficial in relieving eczema, itching and other skin disorders.

Flame of the Forest is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

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