[efloraofindia:35340] Krishna Kadamba

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Padmini Raghavan

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May 19, 2010, 2:34:56 PM5/19/10
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Why does this Krishna Kadamba tree have these dark lines on the undersides of its branches?
 This is a street tree in Bangalore.
Padmini Raghavan.

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Pardeshi S.

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May 20, 2010, 12:07:57 AM5/20/10
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i feel it might be the mark of water droplets of rain and dew at
morning which flows down after accumulating, along the lower side of
the branches.

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Satish Pardeshi
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Gurcharan Singh

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May 20, 2010, 12:15:16 AM5/20/10
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Yes Pardesi ji
And may contain some dust or soot particles which dry up and stick.


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Yazdy Palia

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May 20, 2010, 2:02:13 AM5/20/10
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Dear Friends,
It is definitely water trickling down. If you take a look at the
branches going horizontally to the left, you will notice that the
discoloration is on the top of the branch also. What beats me is why
not on the sides. The tree stem and branches seem to be having plenty
of nodes and the discoloration seems to be most along the nodes.
Possibly the bark is more porous along the nodes as such absorbs more
moisture and hence more soot or dirt sticking along the nodes.
Regards
Yazdy.

tanay bose

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May 20, 2010, 7:02:35 AM5/20/10
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A natural Beauty I should say
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R. Vijayasankar

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May 20, 2010, 10:28:44 AM5/20/10
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Since the branches are nearly horizontal, the water doesn't drain completely. Water droplets and thus moisture stay along the lower surface of the branches for longer even after rain stops. This moisture would have attracted growth of some lichen or fungi/(algae?) and when it dries up, it becomes dark. May be b'cos its dark, its called as Krishna Kadamba (like Krishna Tulsi for the purplish form of Tulsi) denoting the dark complexion of Lord Krishna. Its just my perception.

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R. Vijayasankar


R. Vijayasankar

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May 20, 2010, 10:42:47 AM5/20/10
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Since the branches are nearly horizontal, the water doesn't drain completely and quickly. Water droplets and thus moisture stay along the lower surface of the branches for longer even after rain stops. This moisture would have attracted growth of some lichen or fungi/(algae?) and when it dries up, it becomes dark. May be b'cos its dark, its called as Krishna Kadamba (like Krishna Tulsi for the purplish form of Tulsi) denoting the dark complexion of Lord Krishna. Its just my perception.

With regards

R. Vijayasankar
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