Rain Tree with common names Coco tamarind, Acacia preta, French tamarind, Saman, is a wide-canopied tree with a large symmetrical crown with feathery foliage and puffs of pink flowers. The leaves fold in rainy weather and in the evening, hence the name "rain tree" and "five o'clock tree. From March to May and again towards the end of the year the green canopy is dotted all over with pink and white. During the rest of the year, too, there are usually quite a few flowers to be seen. The flowers appear like round, silken tufts. The fruit is a fleshy pod, sweet to the taste and much relished by squirrels, horses and cattle.