Cassia fistula – Amaltas, Golden Shower Tree

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Natural History: A medium-sized, native Indian tree found often planted in Gardens. It is cultivated for its beautiful golden yellow flowering which reflect in its common name. Flowers attracts many butterflies. Fruit is a long, cylindrical pod. These pods secret sap which attracts many sap-loving butterflies.



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Kawthankar, N. 2024. Cassia fistula L. – Amaltas, Golden Shower Tree. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/07/16.