literally meaning "The Garden of Heaven"

Pongamia pinnata (Linn.) Pierre ]Syn: Pongamia glabra Vent; Derris indica (lam.) Bennet]

Vernacular Name: Karanja (O); Karanj (K, H, Beng.); Pongam oil tree, Indian Beech (E).

Moderate to large-sised tree; bark smooth; grey. Leaflets 5-7, ovate or oblong, entire, acuminate or cuspidate, glabrous, glossy above. Flowers purplish-white or pinkish-white, in axillary racemes. Pods woody, with a short decurved point. Seed reddish- brown.
Mostly planted along roads, naturalised; also wild in certain areas.
Flowering : May - June
Fruiting : December - January