Flora of Panipat: Plumeria pudica from a Nursery in Panipat Model Town

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Balkar Arya

Aug 30, 2011, 12:57:28 PM8/30/11
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Dear All
Plumeria pudica from a Nursery in Panipat Model Town
About 4-5 feet high Garden shrub with white flowers and showy leaves


Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat
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Aug 30, 2011, 11:38:39 PM8/30/11
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Plumeria pudica. I have one tree in my house at Mysore.
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Mohan V. Chunkath

Aug 31, 2011, 1:21:20 AM8/31/11
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Dear Dr. Balkar Singh,
Many thanks for the photographs. The leaves have a very interesting shape. What term do you use to describe the leaf shape? Is the leaf shape characteristic of this species of Plumeria?

Gurcharan Singh

Aug 31, 2011, 2:28:43 AM8/31/11
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Plumeria pudica is also known as fiddle-leaf plumeria, for which technical term is panduraeform, rounded at ends and contracted in centre.

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089

Ushadi micromini

Aug 31, 2011, 2:36:55 AM8/31/11
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Looks like a spoon... so should be SPATULATE... !!!

but do not go by me... I am not a botanist...
Ha ha ha

Usha di


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ushadi Micromini

Aug 31, 2011, 3:18:09 AM8/31/11
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Geeta Rane showed one in July,,, seeing its interesting flowers and leaves I wanted one... and within a few days ... my local nurseryman...who I had  NOT spoken to yet about my coveting...  called to say he had something unusual for me... BRINDABON CHAMPA.... not know what he was talking about... I went... and knew it as the one I had asked eflora forum members  if anybody knew where could I find one...  and had found a nursery in Andhraaa... too far to go... but...

ONE found me....  spiritualists call it Serendipity... OR   that if you really want something Universe provides...
SO, now I have one in my balcony...   took some pictures right away, flowers are a bit bruised from traveling...

and now in 6 or seven weeks the plant has grown , branched and given about 20 flowers so far...

WONDERFUL things and stuff.... LIFE....

Thanks for sharing...
Usha di
Plumeria Pudica 1 the day it came home DSC03791 crop nm small.jpg
Plumeria pudica 2 flowers the day plant came home DSC03789 sm cp nm.jpg

Satish Phadke

Aug 31, 2011, 3:33:38 AM8/31/11
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I was wondering what can be the meaning of species name pudica here.
On searching on net I got one interesting meaning. I don't know whether the leaves fold at night?
shrinking, closing, modest (Mimosa pudica, so named because the pinnate leaves fold up the leaflets at night or when touched)

Balkar Arya

Aug 31, 2011, 10:51:58 AM8/31/11
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As it is in College now and i have never seen this in night now i will try to observe it in night also

ushadi Micromini

Aug 31, 2011, 5:21:22 PM8/31/11
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Dear all:

Satish ji's message sent me to the balcony... at 130 AM... 
my Lajjabati... Mimosa pudica..Acharya Jagdishchandra Bose's plant is sleeping peacefully....with folded leaves ....

and the Plumeria pudica is NOT  sleeping...  the leaves are NOT folded or drooping or anything...
the flowers are open  too...

For some reason today we have no street lights... which is a blessing for some of my plants, because most of the flowering ones need a full nite's darkness which I have to do with black covers in the fall to get winter flowers....

Nice question Satish ji....

Usha di
Mimosa PUDIC sleeping at nite DSC04542 crp sl name.jpg
Plumeria Pudica is not sleeping 130 am DSC04546 crp sm name.jpg

Balkar Arya

Aug 31, 2011, 8:56:13 PM8/31/11
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Thanks Usha Ji for overnight efforts to solve the mystery

Ushadi micromini

Sep 1, 2011, 7:04:58 AM9/1/11
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It ok... Thank the occasional insomnia :) :) ....
Usha di

On Sep 1, 5:56 am, Balkar Arya <balkara...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks Usha Ji for overnight efforts to solve the mystery
> On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 2:51 AM, ushadi Micromini
> <microminipho...@gmail.com>wrote:

Satish Phadke

Sep 1, 2011, 12:12:22 PM9/1/11
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What can be the reason behind the species name Pudica?
Dr Phadke Satish

ushadi Micromini

Sep 1, 2011, 12:56:46 PM9/1/11
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Gosh, Satish ji... let it go... or get one of your grad students  to go after it tooth and nail....

Most logical scenario I can think of is this:  
It grows upright.... not gnarled branches as in frangipani or other plumerias...

I found this in a genealogy site....





pudica = chaste, upright
pudica virgo = virgin young woman, chaste [clean, decent] virgin



Plumeria pudica is not bashful but grows upright… may be that’s why its called pudica

this is all ...
It was named in 1760 or there abouts...  by

:  Jacquin, Nicolaus (or Nicolaas) von

  by not enough latin knowledge in my skull to decipher the description etc... 

good nite .....

usha di


Satish Phadke

Sep 2, 2011, 9:03:40 AM9/2/11
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Thanks Usha di for your efforts. Let's see what other experts comment....

Mohan V. Chunkath

Sep 3, 2011, 6:53:11 AM9/3/11
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Dear Dr. Gurcharan Singh,
Thanks for the information.
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