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And fade the next day. The petals are at first white, gradually they pass to creamy and finally to brown. They are highly scented. The male and female flowers are on separate trees and on this account there are misleading statements in authoritative works. In female flowers the anthers though present are abortive, and in male flowers the style is abortive. 28. GUNDANI Cordia rothti Roem & Schult. (Order: Boraginaceae). Cordia, in honour of Valerius Cordus a German botanist of sixteenth century.

Flowers minute within the receptacle. Fruit a fig. Distribution: Indigenous in the sub-Himalayas and wild if not indigenous in many other parts of India. It is frequently planted throughout India and Burma. Gardening: Preferably propagated from seeds as the cuttings do not do so well as in the case of the Banyan. The soil conditions required are the same. Uses: The bark yields a tenacious milky juice which hardens into a substance resembling Caoutchouc. The bark yields a fibre. It forms a useful tan.

The colour of the fruit varies from white to purple. Note: The flowers appear about July-August. The russet colour of the branches and the underside of the leaves easily distinguish this tree. 32. KADVA SIRIS Hymenodietyon obovatom Wall. (Order: Rubiaceae) Hymenodictyon in reference to the net veined character of the bract. Obovatum in allusion to the ovate shape of the leaves. Description: A large deciduous tree reaching 50 ft. Leaves 4-6 in. , elliptic or obovate, abruptly acuminate, glabrous above more or less pubescent beneath, 6-8 pairs of main nerves, long petioled.

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