Chukrasia Velutina

Chukrasia Velutina

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Chukrasia velutina (syn: Chukrasia tabularis, Chikrassia tabularis), commonly called bastard cedar, Chittagong wood, Indian mahogany, Burmese almondwood or Jamaica cedar, is a deciduous tree in the family Meliaceae. The species is found in the forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar and Sylhet. The trees are tall with a cylindrical bole and spreading crown. C. velutina leaves are abruptly pinnate or bipinnate with leaflets that alternate or are subopposite, entire and unequal at the base. The erect, oblong flowers, which are rather large and born in terminal panicles, possess four to five petals. Mature fruits are a septifragally three to five valved capsule.

Chukrasia velutina is the provincial flower and tree of Phrae Province, Thailand.