TESU FLOWER (Butea monosperma, b.frondosa): Powdered form – Native of Asia, India and Burma, this fugitive yellow dye is extracted from the flower of this useful plant. Leaves are used as platters and cups, young shoots and root bark for cordage and caulking boats; seeds yield 18% fatty oil, wood pulp is used for newsprint manufacture. The resin is called butea gum, Bengal kino or Bengal gum.
AKA: bastard teak, parrot tree, dhak, flame- of-the-forest, palash, palaash, Kan-bharma vriksha, muttala, palasa, paras, desuka jhad, kakria, kankria, kutch-hakar, chiula, purohapalas, kinshukam, mukkappuyam, mariku, palasi, palasinjamata, puppalasi, shamata; ori-kinjuko, santhal-murup and a variety of region names. [India]
Alum mordant: toasty caramel-gold with a slight greenish base
Copper mordant: light terracotta red
Iron mordant: brownish-golden-olive
Tin mordant: bright yellow.