In North India dhakulahi is term used for a forest having good number of dhak trees
Flame of the Forest
Porasum or Purasu (Tamil)
Plasu camata (malayalam)
flowers contain much nectar is evidenced by the frequent visits of many species of birds; sunbirds, mynahs and babblers are usually to be seen, hurrying from flower to flower, chattering and twittering. With man, also, the tree is very popular, having numerous uses. From an infusion of the flowers a brilliant colouring matter can be obtained, which may be made into water-paint or into a dye. Cotton, prepared with alum, can be dyed a bright yellow or orange.
Its leaves are used in making plates called pattal and used largly during household functions
The dried flowers are used as a diuretic. The gum obtained from the tree is called Bengal Kino. It contains tannin and is used in the treatment of diarrhoea. The seeds have anti-helminthic properties and are used in the treatment of worms. The wood is soft and durable and is used for making boats.
A yellow dye, obtained from the fresh palash flowers is used during the festival of Holi.
The flower has gathered love and attractions of those with creative mindsets, specialy poets. I remeber one poem by mahadevi verma where i first saw mention of kinshuk