Kanak Champa is a tree of Indian origin, which reaches a height of 50-70 ft. It has large fragrant nocturnal white flowers. It is often grown as an ornamental or shade tree.
One of the common names for Pterospermum acerifolium is the Dinner Plate Tree. Mature leaves are very large, reaching a length and width of up to thirty five centimeters. In India they are shaped into regular dinner plates and soup bowls on moulds, some even stitched together with twigs.
The reddish, soft, durable wood is perfect for planking and wooden boxes.