When in bloom, this tree makes a spectacular specimen. However, the seeds are poisonous if ingested, and there are conical spines on the trunk. This tree has beautiful satiny red, scarlet, and sometimes white petals growing up to 7″ wide, and blooms in mid-spring. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. Dried flowers are used to make tea and are an essential spice in Kaeng khae curry. It is native to southeastern Asia.
- Thorns or spines
- Toxic to humans