The golden Shower is state flower of Kerala. The flowers are of ritual importance in the vishu festival here,we all it ‘kani konna’, I came to know that this flower is also the National symbol of Thailand. Though we Malayalis consider this flower as one of the genuine symbols of our Culture,the tree is seen all over south Asia.This is a medium sized tall tree,its leaves are deciduous.One of the peculiarity of this tree is that,it wont blossom if you water it.Now it is summer season in south India,this plant blossoms in summer.The leaves of Kanikonna is used as a medicine against the poison of Spider. These leaves relieve the patient of the irritating itching sensation caused from the bite of the spider.The fruit pulp of this tree is a strong purgative.The seeds are poisonous.
I wish to share a sad fact, the climatic variations affects the blossoming of this tree, I have seen it flowering in January- February months a couple of times, just another example that our selfish activities against mother nature destroys the biological cycles of many species of flora and fauna.