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Kankkaw (Cobra's Saffron)


This is an evergreen tree. It blooms luxuriantly in March and April. The flower has fragrant yellow stamens surrounded by white petals. Although this tree grows mostly in upper parts of Myanmar and southern region, it is cultivated throughout the country. The flowers are popularly adorned by Myanmar ladies in their hair. The pollen is used in making traditional herbal medicine. The flower, originally from Sri Lanka , has white petals with a central disc of yellow.