SL Flora


Salwa-Shorea Tree - Sal Gasa

Cannon Ball Tree or Sal Tree in Sinhalese is a large deciduous tree grow up to about 50 meters in height and about 2 or 3 meters in girth. Flowers are yellow to red or orange and dense bloom widely in April to June and fruits is large rounded shape grow up to 30 cm in diameter. It is native plant to America, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The bark of the Sal tree used in Ayurveda but not widely used in Sri Lanka.


Sal Gasa - Couroupita guianensis - Shala Tree


Common Classification
Common NamesSal, Cannon Ball, Salwa, Marathi, Shorea Tree
Scientific NameCouroupita guianensis
Sinhalese NameSal Gasa
Scientific Classification
FamilyLecythidaceae
GenusCouroupita
SpeciesC.guianensis 
SynonymCouroupita surinamensis
Ecology
CategoryHerb Ornamental
Growth HabitTree
DurationPerennial
Status - NativeIntroduced
Status (Controlling)Natural
Propriety
Culinary / EdibleNo
Use as HerbYes
Other UseTimber
Poisoned / ToxinNo
Identification
Flower of Salwa-Shorea Tree - Sal Mal
Flower of Couroupita guianensis Tree - Sal Mala
Fruit of Sal-Shorea robusta
Fruit of Sal-Couroupita guianensis - Large about 30 cm in Diameter
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