Common name: Yellow Flame, Yellow Flamboyant, Copper Pod
Malay name: Batai Laut
Scientific name: Peltophorum pterocarpum
Conservation Status: Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
A medium-sized tree that grows up to 35 m tall. The tree sheds leaves seasonally. Tree crown is umbrella-shaped. Leaves are doubly divided. Flowers are fragrant particularly at night, bright yellow and arranged in clusters on upright stalks. The petals of flowers are crinkled and have reddish brown marks in the center. Bear flat, winged seedpods. The seedpods are red initially and turn black when ripe.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, cuttings or grafting
Ecological function: The flowers attract pollinators. The tree itself provides shade. It is nitrogen-fixing i.e. able to convert atmospheric nitrogen into more usable form in soil.
Pollinator: Bees, insects
Soil: Sand, loam, clay. It can tolerate heavy clay and saline soils
Moisture: Moist, well-drained soils
Shade: No shade
Use: Ornamental, timber