Common name: Kadam • Hindi: कदम्ब Kadamb • Tamil: வெள்ளை கதம்பு Vellaikkatampu • Malayalam: Katampu • Kannada: Kaduavalatige • Telugu: Rudrakskamba
Botanical name: Neolamarckia cadamba Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Anthocephalus cadamba, Anthocephalus indicus
In Hindu mythology, Kadam was the favourite tree of Krishna.
Tree up to 45 m tall, without branches for more than 25 m. Diameter up to 100
(-160) cm but normally less; sometimes with buttresses. The crown is
umbrellashaped and the branches are characteristically arranged in tiers.
Leaves simple, 13-32 cm long. Flowers orange, small, in dense, globose heads.
They appear like solid, hairy orange balls.
The fruits are small capsules, packed closely together to form a fleshy,
yellow or orange coloured infructescence containing approx. 8,000 seeds. The
small capsules split into four parts releasing the seed at maturity. There are
approximately 20,000 seeds per gram.
It is believed to have medicinal value in curing astringent, ulcer,
digestive, diarrhoea, expectorant, fever, vomiting.
A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate
Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.|