Stereospermum chelonoides

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Stereospermum chelonoides
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Scientific classification
S. chelonoides
Binomial name
Stereospermum chelonoides
  • Bignonia chelonoides L.f.
  • Bignonia gratissima K.D.Koenig ex DC.
  • Bignonia suaveolens Roxb.
  • Heterophragma chelonoides (L.f.) Dalzell & A.Gibson
  • Heterophragma suaveolens (Roxb.) Dalzell & A.Gibson
  • Hieranthes fragrans Raf.
  • Spathodea suaveolens (Roxb.) Benth. & Hook.f.
  • Stereospermum suaveolens (Roxb.) DC.
  • Tecoma suaveolens (Roxb.) G.Don

Stereospermum chelonoides is an deciduous tree native to South Asia.[2]

In Theravada Buddhism, this plant is said to have used as the tree for achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi by third Lord Buddha called "Saranankara - සරණංකර", and twenty second Lord Buddha "Vipassi - විපස්සි". The plant is known as පුලිල (pulila) in Sanskrit, and පලොල් (palol) in Sinhala and পারুল (parul) in Bengali.


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 16 November 2016
  2. ^ Troup, Robert Scott (1921), The silviculture of Indian trees, Clarendon Press, pp. 688–689

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