Scientific name: Thespesia populnea. Name in different languages:- English: Portia tree, Indian Tulip Tree, Lagoon tulip-tree, Bendy tree, Bhendi Tree, Seaside mahoe. French: catalpa. Sanskrit: Parshwapippal पार्श्वपिप्पल. Hindi: Paras-pipal पारस पीपल, Pipal, parasipal, parasipu. Bengali: Gajashundi, Palaspipal. Gujarati: Paras Piplo પારસ પિપળૉ. Marathi: Aashta आष्ट,Paras-bhendi पारस भेंडी, Parosa Pimpal पारोसा पिंपळ, Pimparani पिंपरणी, Parshvapimpal पार्श्वपिंपळ, Pimpari पिंपरी. Telugu: Gangaravi గంగరావి. Tamil: Puvarasu பூவரசு, Puvarasu. Kannada: Huvarasi, Arasi. Malayalam: Prapparuththi പൃപ്പരുത്തി, Pravaras പൃവരശ്, Cilaanthi ലാന്തി, Cheelanthi, Pooparutthi, Poovarasu, Porasu.
The Indian Tulip tree is binomially called Thespesia populnea belonging to the Malvaceae family. Thespesia populnea (Indian Tulip Tree) has high immunity and grows up to a height of 10 meters. The wood of the Thespesia populnea (Indian Tulip Tree) has the hardness of rosewood which makes it good for making home furniture as well as country boats. The core of the wood is red in color similar to rose wood. The tender leaves have parrot green color, while the mature leaves are dark green with sharp edges. The flowers are light yellow in color which turns rose pink while wilt and fall from the tree.
The leaves of Thespesia populnea (Indian Tulip Tree) made to paste with castor oil and applied will cure pain in joints and inflammation. The decoction made from the bark of it is a cure for skin infection. Also the medicinal oil prepared from the bark of Indian tulip tree is used to cure skin problems. Taking bath in water boiled with the bark and flowers can cure skin infections. Thespesia populnea (Indian Tulip Tree) is a medicine against jaundice also Since the flowers are beautiful, it can be grown in gardens also.
Cyltivating Thespesia populnea (Indian Tulip Tree) is not at all difficult. The stems are used for propagation and they easily grow in any type of soil. The stems are immediately planted after cutting from the mother tree ans also it should not have any cuts on them. In pits 50 cm deep, stems are planted and 8 meters distance is kept between plants. Stems can also be planted in polythene covers first and then replanted later. Thespesia populnea (Indian Tulip Tree) does not need any extra care and can be easily grown in house compounds.