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In my last comment I stated:
“Furthermore, different people get rid of sakkaya ditthi in different ways.
– There is a sutta where the Buddha gave an analogy. One time, a bhikkhu went around asking other bhikkhus (who had declared attaining the Sotapanna stage) how to describe the Sotapanna stage. Each one gave different descriptions of the Sotapanna stage.
– That bhikkhu got confused and complained to the Buddha. The Buddha gave an analogy of asking someone to describe a tree that had a unique trunk (black), unique flowers (bright red looking like pieces of red meat), and unique leaves (specific unique shape). Some people would identify the tree as having that unique trunk, some others describe it with flowers or leaves. But they all had seen the tree!
– I don’t remember the name of that sutta.”

The sutta is “Kiṁsukopama Sutta (SN 35. 245)

Following is a Wikipedia article on that tree the Buddha referred to:
Butea monosperma
– In the above English translation, it is referred to as a “parrot tree.”
– In Sri Lanka, it is called a “කෑල tree,” as the Wikipedia article mentions.
– The article has pictures of it in different seasons.