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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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