Common Name Copperpod
Botanical Name Peltophorum pterocarpum
Local Name
Native/Non Native Non Native
Origin Indo-China, North Australia
Location at Holy Family Church Graveyard

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

Copperpod is one of commonest roadside avenue tree all over Mumbai.

Copperpod is a very large evergreen tree, sometimes also called yellow flame tree, because of the resemblance of its feather-like leaves to that of Gulmohar (which is the red flame tree). Despite its foreign origins, the tree is now so naturalised that many birds and insects are attracted to it.

It flowers profusely twice a year, from April to July, and again from September to November. When in bloom, the tree crowned with golden yellow flowers amidst dark green leaves provides a beautiful sight. The old flowers that fall on the ground form a carpet under the tree, and anyone standing near the tree can observe a steady shower of flowers.

The common name 'Copperpod' is derived from the coppery red pods of this tree. The tree is easily propagated from seeds.

The yellow flower is a source of yellow dye. The midly fragrant flowers attract a variety of insects for nectar and the green leaves are larval food of the Grass Yellow butterfly. The bark is a constituent of soga, a yellowish brown dye used in batik.

The timber of this tree is used for cabinet work.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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