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Ceylon Rosewood, Fragrant Black Siris
A large, semi-deciduous tree with a spreading, dense crown of pinnate foliage and fragrant, pale yellow, powderpuff-like flowers. Native to India from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka and from Pakistan to Sikkim and Southeast Asia, it is also popularly cultivated for its durable wood, as a fodder tree or an ornamental shade tree for tropical climates. Seeds should be scarified or immersed in boiling water for 30 seconds to break dormancy, then soaked at room temperature for a day.