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Saraca asoca? – 170111 – RK3:
Is this Saraca asoca? Am not sure since i have not seen flowers springing from the trunk on other S.asoca trees seen earlier. Pic taken in Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore on 16/01/11.

-i think this is Saraca talpingensis i found this beautiful tree at Lalbagh botanical garden

 –Saraca talpingensis. On an earlier occasion also the photograph was flashed as Saraca asoca. It was identified by me as S.taipengensis.


Saraca taipingensis -170111 – RK2:
Fabulous tree. Pic taken in Lalbagh Botanical Garden on 16/01/11. Splotches of flowers growing so unusually along trunk & branches – pleasure to look at!

–  It reminds saraca cauliflora. If the fruits are almost three times of S. indiaca with only 2 seeds
then quite ikely s cauliflora.

It reminds saraca cauliflora.
If the fruits are almost three times of S. indica with only 2 seeds
then quite likely s cauliflora.

I herewith upload the image of same tree from Lalbagh botanical garden. Attachments (1)


Fabaceae-Caesalpinioideae (Caesalpiniaceae) – Bangalore – saraca thaipingensis – Yellow Ashoka Tree”:
Very unusual! Thank you for the pictures. Where in Bangalore is this, … ? I would love to try and get some seeds.

Is this Saraca thiappingensis?

Its in front of the big white silk cotton tree, where the registrar office is located.

interesting plant but with lots of confuson,,, first photo look like some loranthaceae member, last photo with imparipinnate leaf,, doubting to Saraca sp.??
but yes yellow flowers are awesome and interesting..

29052013 ASP 32 :  Attachments (1).   2 posts by 2 authors.
Can you please ID this tall ornamental tree with clusters of yellow flowers and large pink pods. Photo was taken in a Botanic garden (with no names) in Dec 2011

This should be Saraca thaipingensis, native of moist forests of SE Asia.


Indonesian Ixora?: 1 correct image as above.
It is a small tree, to 8 m tall, ca 15  cm diameter, canopy close (ca 1 m) to the ground. I would like to know whether it is Ixora or not.  What is the correct name.

Can you send a better picture showing foliage etc. of Saraca species for identification.  It is quite possible that it could be S.thaipingensis, which is also cultivated in many places like Bangalore.

Saraca thepengensis for me. Reference: www.toptropicals.com/ Wikipedia

Saraca thaipingensis Prain as per images herein.


Indonesian Saraca picture:
I add another Saraca image with leaves for ID.

Looks like Saraca indica.

Saraca thaipingensis Prain as per images herein.

How about Saraca dives?

Saraca thaipingensis Prain : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Location: Lal Bagh, Bangalore, India
Altitude: 3000 ft.
Date: 29 October 2014
Habit: Cultivated

Please confirm the ID the trees : Saraca thaipengensi.
Photographed in Chemnai last week (21.3.21)

Yes, possible as per images at Saraca thaipingensis (Introduced)


For Changes in Gujarati name of Saraca asoca: 3 high res. images.

There is a Gujarati name written in flowers of india of Saraca asoca is Ashopalav but it is different, so please change it to સીતા અશોક Sita asok as a common name and also new close up images attached.
It is look like Saraca thaipingensis અશોક
Place : Morbi Gujarat
Photographs by : Rohitbhai Patel
Date : 26 Feb 2022

Your photos are those of Saraca thaipingensis.

Yes Sir Thank you for Validation. when i come throw identification in FoI Saraca asoca Gujarati name was wrong as Ashopalav (Polyalthia longifolia) so i had requested to change the Gujarati name and add સીતા અશોક (Sita Ashok) as common name and Saraca thaipingensis common name as પીળો અશોક (Pilo Ashok).

This tree is grown in my friends farm cite ,

You are right. In many areas especially Chennai, Polyalthia longifolia is called as Ashoka tree, which is wrong. Now it is called as Madras Ashoka.  Many nurseries mislead the people and offer Polyalthia longifolia as ashoka. Perhaps they may not be knowing correctly.

Yes sir, but i think that nursheries have to sell full identified rare species because many time accidentally poisonous plant grown also due to wrong identification,