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Kadam flower


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.




30 comments:

  1. This is so pretty - I love that bold yellow!

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  2. A beautiful yellow orb, and fragrant too! Thanks for sharing the kadam flower which is new to me.

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  3. Such a beautiful shot, i like your pic.

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  4. That's so pretty -- would like to see it fully flowered.

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  6. It looks like a bright yellow pom pom.

    Mollyxxx

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  7. I've never seen anything like this! So beautiful, and you say it is fragrant as well! Must be truly heavenly!!

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  8. bizarre but beautiful! thanx for sharing

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  9. beautiful photo and very informative.

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  10. I don't think I have ever seen or heard of a kadam tree - they certainly have very beautiful flowers. Great shot! and thank you for contributing to Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  11. It's my first time to see this kind of flower. Unique and lovely!

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  12. I love this photo and how it s taken.

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  13. Very beutiful composition, green and yellow!

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  14. Beautiful picture, such vibrant colours.

    Herding Cats

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  15. Lovely and great shot!

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  16. Beautiful capture! I found the information fascinating as well.

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  17. First time I've seen this, it's so beautiful. Visiting late for MOM. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
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  18. The contrasting colors of the orange against the lush green of the leaves is wonderful! Great photo and I thank you very much for sharing it with Today's Flowers.

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  19. I've never seen this tree but I like the leaves and the gorgeous flower. I am sure I've smelled the scent at some time or other as I love perfumes.

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  20. What a beautiful yellow fruit produce by the tree :-) Dropping by from MYM

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