Commonly known as mahwa or mahua, it is an Indian tropical tree found largely in the central and north Indian plains and forests. It is adapted to arid environments, being a prominent tree in tropical mixed deciduous forests in India.
Soil: Alluvial, Sandy, Loamy
Flowers: They are also fermented to produce the alcoholic drink mahuwa, a country liquor
Cultural: Tribals of Bastar in Chattisgarh and Orissa, Santhals of Santhal Paraganas (Jharkhand), Koya tribals of North-East Andhra Pradesh and tribals of North Maharashtra consider the tree and the mahuwa drink as part of their cultural heritage.