ENGLISH NAME : Dwarf poinciana
BOTANIC NAME : Caesalpinia pulcherrima.
HABIT: A shrub cultivated as garden plant.
Grows up to 2meter height. Branches smooth, glabrous, shining, with a few prickles here and there.
Bipinnate,10-40 cm long,stipulate, pinnae 6-12 pairs,opposite.
Red, Orange, Yellow or a mixed colour flowers are seen in an erect terminal raceme. Pedicelled and appear in clusters with exceptionally long stamens.
7 x 1.5 cm long straight pods.
PROPAGATION : By seed.
Roots used for infantile convulsion.
Flowers used for intestinal worms, coughs and chronic catarrh.
Leaves are reported to have purgative (causes evacuation of the bowels) action and abortifacient.
Decoction of the leaves is useful in cases of fever.
Chettimandaram, Alasi ( Malayalam),
Barbados pride, Peacock flower, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, ( English),
Kenjige ( Kannada)
Other Indian names:
Krishnachura , Sankasur, Krishnochuda,Krishnachura, Radhachura .