Saraca chinensis Merr. & Chun
Saraca indica auct.
Saraca dives is an evergreen tree that can grow from 5 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be around 25cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. The yellow flowers are large and showy, and the trees are often cultivated as ornamentals[
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Laos
Dense or sparse forests riversides, along valleys, by streams; at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun and in moderate shade[
]. Requires a moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter[
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
The bark is used medicinally for relieving rheumatism and menorrhagia[
The reddish wood is soft. It is not used commercially[
Seed - if the seed is harvested when ripe and sown immediately, preferably after soaking in water for 12 hours, it will germinate within 3 weeks and will be ready to plant out within 6 - 12 months[
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