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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

anthocephalus chinensis-inflorescenece

Also known as Neolamarckia cadamba, this evergreen tree will grow upto 45 m highwith a broad crown and straight cylindrical bole. this plant is locally known as "kadam" or "Kadambu". Mythical story narrates that after Parasurama created the Haiga and Tulu countries, Shiva and Parvati came to Sahyadri, and there a child was born to the divine couple. Since the birth took place under a Kadamba tree, the child was named Kadamba, and was placed in charge of the Sahyadri region. Mayursharma belonged to this family and he made Banavasi his capital.It is also considered the Tree of Buddhism, and was thought to reunite separated lovers.The caterpillars of the Commander butterfly (Limenitis procris)use this species as a food plant. The fruit and inflorescences are reportedly edible to humans.

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