Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.My final post of 2012. Thanks so much to all the lovely people who visited my blog. Let us count down to the start of what is hopefully a year of peace and happiness for us and ours.
Common names: Night flowering jasmine, Coral Jasmine,Sewali, Shefali, Paarijaat
The fragrant flowers bloom at dusk and fall to the earth at dawn.
Extracts of the seeds, flowers and leaves possesses immunostimulant, hepatoprotective, antileishmanial, antiviral and antifungal activities in vitro.
The leaves have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for sciatica, arthritis, fevers, and various painful conditions and as laxative.
Click here to read the detailed chemical constituents and beneficial properties of the plant.
Binomial Name: Neolamarckia cadamba
Common Name: Kadam
A fully mature Kadam tree can reach up to 45m in height. It is a large tree with a broad crown and straight cylindrical bole. It is quick growing, with broad spreading branches and grows rapidly in the first 6-8 years. The trunk has a diameter of 100-160 cm, but typically less than that. Leaves are 13-32 cm long. Flowering usually begins when the tree is 4–5 years old. Kadam flowers are sweetly fragrant, red to orange in colour, occurring in dense, globular heads of approximately 5.5 cm diameter.
Kadam flowers are an important raw material in the production of ‘attar’, which is Indian perfume with sandalwood base in which one of the essences is absorbed through hydro-distillation.
Know more about the uses and cultural significance of the tree on its wikipedia page.