Pink shower


Pink shower, or pink cassia, is native to Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia. It can reach a height of 80 feet, with a trunk 1 foot or more in diameter. The crown is wide and arched. The leaves are up to 15 inches long and are composed of some 30 leaflets, each one up to 2.5 inches long. Flowers are up to 2 inches wide and have yellow stamens, the petals turn whitish as the flower ages. The fruit is a hard capsule, up to 2 feet long by three-quarters of an inch wide, with many compartments in each of which a seed develops; the ripe pod is black and falls to the ground intact. It flowers mostly during spring and summer, fruits are present during most of the year but fall mainly during spring. The generic name derives from Kasia, used by the Greek botanist Dioscorides. The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed tree is behind the Sanchez Building. There are other trees east of the Chardon Building, behind the chancellor’s house, and west of the plaza between buildings A and D. The largest trees were planted in 1930 by Henry Cowles and Severo Vélez.

Cassia javanica (Fabaceae)