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African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

African Tulip, known locally as “Kae Saed,” is an ornamental tree and is commonly seen along many streets in Chiang Rai. It is a spectacular, fast-growing, ever-blooming tree originally from tropical West Africa. Large clusters of velvety, bronze-green, kidney-shaped buds appear at the ends of the branches. The unopened buds contain water and squirt when pierced. Out of each bud comes a large orange-red flower that provides nectar for the birds that pollinate the tree.

The bark, flowers, and leaves are used in traditional medicine in western Africa. The bark is pounded and used as a remedy for wounds; especially for burns. Aqueous alcoholic decoctions of the leaves shows promise for the treatment of malaria. The seeds are edible. The soft, white timber is used in making paper. In West Africa, the wood is used to make drums and blacksmith’s bellows.

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