Kanak Champa
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Kanak Champa
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Kanak Champa, Maple-leaved Bayur tree, • Hindi: Kanak Champa कनक चम्पा, Muchkund मचकुंद • Bengali: Muskanda • Kannada: ರಾಜತರು Raajataru, ಕನಕಚಂಪಕ Kanaka champaka, ಕೊಸಗು Kosagu • Manipuri: ꯀ꯭ꯋꯥꯛꯂꯥ Kwakla • Telugu: Matsakanda • Assamese: Moragos • Tamil: வெண்ணங்கு Vennangu • Oriya: Mushukundo • Marathi: Karnikar • Mizo: Siksil
Botanical name: Pterospermum acerifolium     Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)

Pterospermum is a genus of tropical trees and shrubs belonging to the family Sterculiaceae. Some species are grown ornamentally while others are valued for their timber. Kanak Champa is a tree of Indian origin, which reaches a height of 50-70 ft. Leaves are simple, alternate, have stipules and are palmately ribbed. It has large fragrant nocturnal white flowers, occuring in axillary fascicles. Fruit is a capsule, angled and furfuraceaous. This plant is seen only in cultivation. It yields a reddish wood used for planking; often grown as an ornamental or shade tree.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lodhi garden, Delhi

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