Flowering Tree (Thailand)

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  1. Farooq

    Farooq New Member

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    Dear members, Can anyone identify this flowering tree in Northern Thailand (shared by someone). 27073157_1329500847154889_7095461657410893521_n.jpg flower.jpg

    It looks deceptively close to Rangoon creeper (Quisqualis indica) but this flower is on a tree.

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    Farooq
     
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    Found the answer from a plant identification group on facebook: Melanorrhoea usitata, a tree of the Anacardiaceae family.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks for posting this and for letting us know. That's an interesting tree. Common name Burmese laquer. I see that it's also called Gluta usitata, with some dispute about which name is correct. Under that name, here is a description of its use in varnish making, wood preserving and timber, and also its known hazards that one might expect from Anacardaceae members. Gluta usitata - Useful Tropical Plants

    I'm trying to figure out if the red things are sepals - but maybe they're not. From รักใหญ่ - ฐานข้อมูลสมุนไพร คณะเภสัชศาสตร์ ม.อุบล : phargarden.com, one bit translates as
    There is a lot of description on this page, and a lot of photos, particularly good ones of the white flowers. Here it is translated, I hope. https://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=th&u=http://www.phargarden.com/main.php?action=viewpage&pid=276&prev=search.
     
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