Cassia  javanica L.

Sub-Family: Caesalpinioideae
English Name: Pink Cassia
Synonym: Cassia bacillus Roxb.
Common Name: Apple Blossom shower
Flowering & Fruiting Period: February-September
Distribution: India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Malesia
Habitat: Grown as ornamental tree
Uses: Ornamental. The seeds are chewed together with betel pepper as a stimulating masticatory. The ripe pods and seeds are used as a traditional laxative. The bark and seeds are used as antipyretics in the treatment of fevers. Some caution is advised since they can cause emesis. The bark has been used for tanning, but the amount of tannin is comparatively low. The wood is moderately heavy, hard, strong, moderately durable when exposed to the weather or in contact with the ground, but very durable for interior work. It has poor resistance to termites and other insects. It is used for general construction, furniture and cabinet making.
Key Characteristics: Trees, up to 10 m high. Leaves alternate, leaflets opposite or subopposite, 3-10 pairs. Racemes, aggregated into terminal leafy corymbs or from old wood. Sepals narrowly ovate, obtuse. Petals pink or carmine. Stamens 10. Ovary and style hairy. Fruit is a pod.