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Ivory Wood Tree: A nature’s gift for making Channapatna toys
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Ivory Wood Tree: A nature’s gift for making Channapatna toys

July 8, 2018

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist There are trees known as multipurpose trees (MPT) used for different purposes.  A few provide timber for commercial purposes but endowed with medicinal properties besides being ornamental. “The Ivory Wood” tree, used for making Channapatna toys, belongs to this category. The wood turns to ivory colour with…

Tree Facts: The Bengal Clock Vine
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Tree Facts: The Bengal Clock Vine

May 13, 2018

Climbers are an integral part of any garden.  Perching on trees, resting on low roofs, high buildings, twining on arches, pergolas and trellises, they display dazzling beauty with decorative foliage and colourful blooms often with sweet fragrance. One of the prettiest climbers, which grows luxuriantly in Mysuru’s  salubrious climate is “The Bengal Clock Vine.” The…

Texas Sage: A versatile ornamental shrub
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Texas Sage: A versatile ornamental shrub

April 1, 2018

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Mob: 97429-91057  e-mail: [email protected] Texas Sage is a landscape wonder that provides stunning display of prolific purple blooms.  This decorative ornamental shrub with delicate silvery gray-green leaves is quite distinct from the common sage. The plant is drought-tolerant and thrives in poor soil where other plants fail….

TREE FACTS: Pink Lapacho, the winter delight
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TREE FACTS: Pink Lapacho, the winter delight

December 24, 2017

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Mob: 97429-91057; e-mail: [email protected] With the onset of winter many a deciduous tree shed their old leaves followed by fresh growth of foliage and flowers.  This phenomenon of rejuvenation begins during December in many ornamental trees lining the avenues of Mysuru.   Among these ‘Pink Lapacho’  is the first…

The Mexican Sunflower
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The Mexican Sunflower

September 3, 2017

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy Scientist, Mob: 97429-91057 e-mail: [email protected] The ‘Mexican Sunflower’ with its charming ‘vivid red’ or ‘orange-red’ inflorescence with a bright yellow centre is among the few flowering annuals which can be easily grown in tropical climate. This exotic floral beauty is native to Mexico, Central America and West Indies….

TREE FACTS: The Elegant Elephant Apple
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TREE FACTS: The Elegant Elephant Apple

May 7, 2017

By Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy With decorative foliage and  fragrant blooms,  ‘Elephant Apple’ tree is highly valued for its medicinal properties. The apple-like yellow-green edible fruits of this tree are relished by elephants. Hence the name. In ‘Kannada,’ it is ‘Bettakanigalu.’ Other common names are Indian catmon, Hondapara tree, Ma-tad (Hindi: Chalta, Karambel; Malayalam: Punna, Vazchpunna;…

Tree Facts: Pretty Periwinkle
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Tree Facts: Pretty Periwinkle

March 26, 2017

With shiny leaves and pretty flowers ‘Periwinkle’ is a unique plant, which blends ornamental values and medicinal properties. It has earned the name  ‘Sadabahar’ in Hindi as the flowers are literally ever blooming. French referred to it as “Violet of the Sorcerers” as it could ward off evil spirits. In  Kannada  it is  “Nithya pushpa”,…

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