Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Another strange flower

I took the following photograph (copyright reserved) at Peermade, Kerala, earlier this month.



The plant which belongs to the banana (musa) family is locally known as malavazha, kalluvazha and kattuvazha. Common names also include Sabbajaya, Wild plantain and Indian bead. From what I have learned from an internet search, the botanical name is Ensete superba (Roxb) Cheesman. (Musa superba Roxb) The plant which grows to a height of about four meters is a native of the Western Ghats. In Ayurveda it is considered to have several medicinal properties.

Ends.

Also see: Amorphophallus, a medicinal plant with unique flower

4 comments:

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

This looks very different from the usual vazhapoo! A nice picture.

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