A stunning tree, the pride of Burma is the only member of the genus Amherstia (3). The extravagant flowers are seen hanging from the long inflorescence, or flower stalk, which is bright crimson red at the end (2). There are five petals, although two of these are minute and the rest are of unequal size. The petals are also crimson; the two medium sized petals are yellow at the tip and the largest petal is broad and fan-shaped with a wavy upper margin and a yellow triangle of colour extending from the lip down into the flower (3). This large petal may be 7.5 centimetres long and over 4 centimetres wide at the end (2). There are either nine or ten stamens, nine of which are partially fused into a pink sheath; the stamens are of two differing lengths with the longer ones having larger anthers (3).
The compound leaves bear six to eight large leaflets; these are broadly oblong in shape and are a whitish colour underneath (2). The fruits, or seedpods, are 11 to 20 centimetres long (4). They are roughly scimitar-shaped and the woody outer case opens to disperse the seeds (3).
- Height: 9 - 12 m (2)
- Inflorescence: up to 60 cm long (2)