Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kadamba Tree

What looks like a tennis ball is the flower of the Kadamba tree, Nauclea cadamba .This tree near my home is now full of these green tennis ball flowers, which turn a folden yellow in February.
The Kadamba has historical significance- it was the emblem of the great Kadamba dynasty of Banavasi who ruled Karnataka and Goa a thousand years ago. The Kadamba kings were great builders and architects. Many roads and temples built by them are still in use in Goa and Karnataka. The Goa state transport buses are named after this tree.
The flowers and fruit are edible, and attract birds and bees. The leaves contain two alkaloids which are useful in the treatment of diabetes. The dried bark is used to bring down fever.

21 comments:

  1. It sounds like a very useful tree, and the fruit is very pretty!

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  2. Not too sure whether I've seen this tree here. I'm learning a lot about Indian trees/plants here. Lovely blooms and so many uses too!

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  3. Here too I've seen Kadamba trees planted along the road side and they look really interesting when in flower! Nice info about the historical significance of Kadamba tree!

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  4. Catherine, yes the tree has many uses.
    Kanak,The blooms smell great too.
    Hello Doctor! Kadamba trees make very good roadside trees as they give shade and last for a long time.

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    1. lotusleaf, I have no idea if you will get this message, but if you do please contact me at evaughn367@aol. I am trying despartely to contact you. Elbert Vaughn

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  5. well it is one of the most useful trees in India ,it is grown in vile parle east office of mahanagar telephone nigam. the fruits/flowers are strewn in ground in the morning.

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  6. Please tell me how to plant and grow this tree in our place? Where to get the seeds? Thanks in advance

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  7. i have seen this tree. it is a beautiful tree.

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  8. The Divine Mother, Sri Lalita Devi, is often portrayed sporting a bouquet of kadamba blossoms behind each ear. The kadamba tree is one of her favorite trees.

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  9. This kadambu tree is the stalavriksha of the kadambur temple(melakadambur)in cuddalore district, Tamilnadu.This temple is also called KARA KOIL that means karam (kadambu in munda language)so that KARAM+KOIL=KARAKOIL

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  10. Hi, could you please let me know where in Bangalore I can find Kadamba tree.

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  11. heyy hii....could u tel me the process by which dis kadamba tree can be grown??
    i hav dis tree in ma buglow...now i wnt to plant two more...plzzz
    ma email add: ninad_tambe@yahoo.com

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  13. How many years do the cadamba give flowers..

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  14. knowing loving dis is really a pooja.thx all d best.

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  15. can anyone please tell me how I can purchase the seeds or the tree itself. I thee any place that sells the Kadamaba tree. My email address is evaughn367@aol.com. Thank you. Elbert Vaughn

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  16. There are so many kadamba trees before saraswathi maa temple at Basar, Adilabad Dist. AP.Now I came to know about it, which widely mentioned in Bhagavatham

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  17. Can you tell me where I can get Kadamaba seeds and/or seedlings to grow in my backyard?

    I have successfully grown Parijata, Sugandharaja, Rudraksha and Champaka plants in my backyard.
    thanks,
    Iswari. mmadapura@gmail.com.

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  18. CAN ANY BODY TELL ME THE INGREDIENTS OF KADAM FLOWER?

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  19. CAN ANY BODY TELL ME THE INGREDIENTS OF KADAM FLOWER?

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  20. Accidentally I came across your site. While searching for different search engines other than google I stumbled on your site.
    Its really good to see a nature lover providing information than the type casted professionals .
    I am attracted towards this tree in particular because this is in my garden . Providing me ample shade a good cleaning work cum exercise in the morning.
    Every day throwing away riped fruits & ample heap of leaves hurt me. Especially I notice its edibility when I see rats eating this fruit in the night time .
    Hence I was searching for its medicinal uses and how to use it. Can I eat the fruit.?
    All the sites are providing half hearted information.
    Can you tell me how to use it in day to day things . I am running 63 years and have a border case of blood sugar , .
    Regards
    Vivek

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