The representative of Thailand flower "Golden rain tree Cassia fistula, ราชพฤกษ์ Thai – ratchaphruek – known as the" golden shower tree ".
It is a deciduous tree from the family of Leguminosae or Fabaceae family, with large blooms from white, yellow, very large flowers and arranged in long terminal inflorescences, with 5 petals, the fruit is a hanging legume cylinder characteristic of Brown measure between 25/30 cm, within lenticular transparencies nearly black seeds.
native to Southeast Asia, Myanmar, of Pakistan India and Sri Lanka. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical areas. It blooms in late spring. Flowering is profuse, grows well in dry climates and its growth is best in full sun on well-drained soils, is relatively drought resistant and tolerates slight salinity.
photo by tiziano matteucci
For Thai new year April 13, trees of cassia fistula have already lost all the leaves and branches are exploded wide yellow blooms, these blooms are so used to decorate the floats used during religious celebrations.
The Park Royal Flora Ratchaphruek was a flower festival held from 1 November 2006 to 31 January 2007 in the Thai city of Chiang Mai that counted about 3.781 .624 visitors. Was one of the largest celebrations hosted by the Royal Thai Government in honor of King Bhumibol, the monarch who reigned longer.
The Rachaphruek (Cassia fistula) or Golden Shower tree is the national flower of Thailand. Its yellow blossoms are the Monday, Bhumibol's birthday. It is also called Khun or Chaiyaphreuek.