Foto info
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Haldu • Hindi: करम Karam, कदमी Kadami • Marathi: हळ्दू Haldu, हॆदू Hedu • Tamil: Mannakatampu • Malayalam: Manjakadambu • Telugu: Pasupu-kadamba • Kannada: Yettega • Oriya: Holondo • Assamese: Tarakchapa • Sanskrit: गिरिकदम्ब Girikadamba • Mizo: Lungkhup
Botanical name: Adina cordifolia    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Haldina cordifolia, Nauclea cordifolia, Nauclea sterculiifolia

Haldu is a deciduous tree that can grow well over 20 metres high. Oppositely arranged leaves are broadly oval in shape, heart-shaped at the base and pointed at the tip. The flowers may be insignificant individually but are very pretty when they bloom together in balls with a circumference of 2 to 3 cm. They are usually yellow in colour often tinged with a shade of pink. Haldu is at its blossoming best during winter. The bark of the tree acts as an antiseptic. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra & Delhi.

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