These are called “Flame of the Forest”.
Scientific name : Butea Frondosa ( also known as Butea monosperma).
In Bengal they are known as “Palash”.
The golden flowers are known as “Swarna Palash”.
Blooming time: Spring. (in West Bengal it varies from end of February to Middle of April).
Distribution : Very common in Bengal particularly in red-soil area. Though not very common, I have noticed one full bloomed tree (red) in Darjeeling District (at an altitude: about 5,500 ft.) in March of this year. (What about the other part of the country? In Jharkhand it is very common).
“Swarna Palash” is not very common to those who live in Kolkata. But during blooming time if one walks from Baisakhi to Purta
Bhavan (at Salt Lake) can see a number of trees with “Swarna Palash”.
Birds are easily attracted by the flowers and the fruits. So, bird watchers can take a note.
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