Spathodea campanulata is commonly called the 'African Tulip Tree' because of its tulip like large flowers or the 'pichkari' tree.
It is a spectacular flowering tree with glossy deep green pinnate leaves and glorious orange scarlet flowers. The tree flowers in spurts all through the growing season, but peak bloom is usually in the spring. The flower bud is ampule-shaped and contains water. These buds are often used by children who play with its ability to squirt the water. The sap sometimes stains yellow on fingers and clothes. The open flowers are cup-shaped and hold rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds.