"TAXONOMISTS GETTING EXTINCT AND SPECIES DATA DEFICIENT !!"
Pankaj Kumar Ph.D. (Orchidaceae)
Greater Kailash Sacred Landscape Project
Department of Habitat Ecology
Wildlife Institute of India
Post Box # 18
Dehradun - 248001, India
Cc: "tanay bose" <tanay...@gmail.com>; "kiran srivastava" <email@example.com>; <anala...@gmail.com>; <indian...@googlegroups.com>; <atthar....@gmail.com>
the funny thing is that electricity board without permission does it
all the time -- when i asked them for their permission note they said
they did not have one and that they did not need one. i will check
this again now that you remind me.
As far as my knowledge is concerned, I came to know about this from a
very learned guy whose expertise is as much as many senior scientists
of India and he quoted the reference of vedas or vedic period. Apart
from being a very eminent taxonomist, he also has one of the strangest
hobbies of collecting stories behind the name of plants and their
origin. May be, Mr. Tanay or someone at Shantiniketan or someone
nearby to that place would be able to tell us how far this knowledge
goes in the history. This was one of many such stories which he told
me and obviously it was based on his knowledge and scientific backup!
Many plants are being used showing it to be of mythological
significance, but at the same time, it does have a scientific
background too. Just one of my hypothesis would be, MAY BE because
degrees are usually a paper which remains with you for your life time
and Alstonia leaves could be an insect repellent....just a wild
The tree is also called Devils Tree, MAY BE because Coffins are made
from the wood of this tree. Now who is going to check the reference
about who used it as a coffin first!!
Anyways, for some "IGNORANCE IS A BLISS", on second thought, "LET IT
BE, AS FAR AS IT BRINGS HAPPINESS TO THEM!".
Thanks a lot for putting it in simple words.
TO OTHER MEMBERS, I would just like to request that whatever
information you are adding, is what you known with the best of your
knowledge. So please dont keep insisting to prove yourself right and
others wrong and then ask other for references.
This is a humble request to maintain a cordial atmosphere in the group.
Thanks for the support and keep posting.
Subject changed from >> Re: [efloraofindia:60136] Fruits & Vegetables Week: Rumex dentatus,
to Fw: [efloraofindia:60139] Alstonia scholaris in fruit
----- Original Message -----From: Na BhaTo: Gurcharan SinghCc: efloraofindiaSent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:15 PMSubject: Re: [efloraofindia:60136] Fruits & Vegetables Week: Rumex dentatus,Very interesting information Prof. Singh ji.I used a real slate. I wish i had made my own slate the way you have described.My grandfather told us about Dhulpati. The used to spread dust over a plate and write in that.The wooden pen (kalam ) you are writing about, is a wooden pen? My father used to use Boru, which is made from Bamboo. But kalam ist different is it?I don't have a boru here with me and can't post a foto of it. But i have the squeak sound of it in my ears.RegardsNalini----- Original Message -----From: Gurcharan SinghTo: Nidhan SinghSent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:23 PMSubject: Re: [efloraofindia:60136] Fruits & Vegetables Week: Rumex dentatus,Since there has been a lot of discussion in another thread about the use of Alstonia scholaris wood for making slates for school children (hence the name scholaris), those who must have used wooden slates (Takhti) must be knowing that there are two ways of doing this:1. First ways is to smear the surface of slate with a suspension of white clay, allow it to dry and then wright with normal ink using wooden pen (kalam)........black/blue black on white.
2. Second way includes moving slate over a flame of oil lamp in such a way that it gets covered with soot. The next step is to rub the fresh leaves of Rumex so that the soot sticks firmly on the slate, and then rub back of inkpot on the slate to give it a shine (ghota). This black slate is then written on using the suspension of white clay.........white on black
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
On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM, Nidhan Singh <nidhans...@gmail.com> wrote:
It becomes a nuisance when it comes along with wheat. You might be
aware that this is troublesome weed in wheat harvesting areas of our
region. I actually didn't know about it being used as a vegetable.
Thanks for the info.
Dr. Nidhan Singh
Department of Botany
I.B. (PG) College