Koan (Sinhala), Kula, Puva (Tamil), Ceylon Oak (English)
Size of Tree:
Up to 25 meters
A deciduous tree with greyish-brown bark shot with horizontal ridges. Attractive due to pinkish-brown young flush. Leaves are compound with 3 pairs of leaflets arranged in opposites in ascending size. Leaflets are elliptic in shape, 4.5-20 cm long and 2.5-8 cm broad from the smallest to the largest terminal pair, rounded at the base and apex, greyish-green above and paler beneath, glossy. Inflorescences are borne terminally on the axis about 15 cm long to which many creamy yellow male and bisexual flowers are attached. The fruits are fleshy and ovoid with a pointed end, turning from yellow to purple at maturity, about 2 cm in size, and have one seed.
Disturbed areas-up to 700 m.
Native. Ornamental tree, flowers attract bees. Also found in roadside.