My best pastime, these days, is watching Amaltas trees along the Canal Bank and the Mall Road while on my way to my office. They make a spectacular show and remind me of an excellent poem by Pablo Neruda, Yellow Flower.
Cassia Fistula also known as Amaltas or The Golden Shower is one of my favorite trees. It is an excellent ornamental and medicinal plant and belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is widely grown in tropical and subtropical areas. The tree blooms profusely in late spring. Cassia tree reaches the size of 10 to 20 meters (33 to 66 feet) and grows well in full sun and well-drained soil. Amaltas is also the national tree of Thailand where its conspicuous yellow flowers are considered symbol of Thai royalty.
Amaltas is also known for its medicinal use in herbal medicine as its fruit pulp is used as mild laxative, against fevers, arthritis, some cardiac conditions, and stomach problems such as acid reflux. The root is considered a very strong purgative – self-medication or any use without medical supervision, however, should not be recommended.
Origin: Tropical and sub-tropical regions of southern Asia, from southern Pakistan east through India to Myanmar and south to Sri Lanka.