Hail the Banni Tree - a symbol of prosperity and peace

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raghu ananth

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Sep 24, 2009, 7:25:56 AM9/24/09
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Hail the Banni Tree

( acacia ferruginea (?))

 

At Kanuganahalli village, Mysore district and in our Ex Minister’s paddy fields there are five of these Banni trees. The minister is  proud  to have them in their fields and pointing  to those trees (in aproximate direction, for he is now blind) says "they are five -pancha padavas and have grown on its own".

 

During the Vijaya dashami festival, following a age old tradition, people exchange the Banni leaves or branches with each other saying "Lets exchange Banni for gold" or "Lets exchange gold for Banni"

(In some place in North Karnataka , people used to exchange gobbali tree branches/leaves as they could not find Banni branches)

 

In Mysore , soldiers used to perform banni pooja seeking victory before going into war.

During the Vijayadashami festival, the Maharaja's elephant procession ends in a place called Banni Mantap where the King used to perform banni tree pooja and could take a banni branch back to his palace.

 

In our epic Mahabharata, it is believed that the Pandavas hid their weapons during their one year of concealed exile under this banni tree and reclaimed it back once they were free from their exile.

 

Hail the Banni Tree, a symbol of prosperity and peace!

Happy Dasara/Dussehra / Vijayadashami

 

Regard

Raghu & Sunita

 



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J.M. Garg

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Oct 22, 2009, 8:52:25 AM10/22/09
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Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise pl.

Earlier relevant feedback:
"Hail the Banni Tree

(Acacia ferruginea (?)) " from Raghu ji.

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Vijayasankar Raman

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Oct 23, 2009, 12:40:18 AM10/23/09
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Dear,

As far as I know, Banni mara (Kannada) or Vanni maram (Tamil) is Prosopis spicigera. This is indigenous in the arid zone of Rajasthan, said to be very useful and saved hundreds of lives during a bad famine. This species is considered sacred and can be seen in some temples in TN as Sthalaviruksham. But most of the time Acacia ferruginea, a common species found in the tropical forests of southern India. Pl. correct me if i am wrong.
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Anand Kumar Bhatt

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Oct 23, 2009, 1:17:26 AM10/23/09
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I think Raman is right and the tree is Prosopice cineraria.
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Pardeshi S.

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Oct 23, 2009, 1:47:22 AM10/23/09
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Yes Vijaysankar Ji
it is Acacia ferruginea DC.
the hooked spines in pairs and 3-6 pairs of pinnae and the flat
reticulately veined pod confirms.
i hav collecte dit from Buldhana and Akola.

regards
Satish Pardeshi

On Oct 23, 9:40 am, Vijayasankar Raman <vijay.botan...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> Dear,
> As far as I know, Banni mara (Kannada) or Vanni maram (Tamil) is *Prosopis
> spicigera*. This is indigenous in the arid zone of Rajasthan, said to be

Vijayasankar Raman

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Oct 23, 2009, 1:58:35 AM10/23/09
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Thanks Pardeshi ji for the confirmation.

It will be good to see and compare pictures of both Prosopis cinerea (= P. spicigera) and Acacia ferruginea. Any of you have them pl.? The latter sp. is often mistaken for the former sp.

satish pardeshi

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Oct 23, 2009, 2:16:39 AM10/23/09
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i am attaching pics of Prosopis specigera, i collected it in Mumbai at
a nursery.

regards
Satish Pardeshi

Prosopis cineraria infl.jpg
Prosopis cineraria twig & pod.jpg
Prosopis cineraria habit.jpg

satish pardeshi

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Oct 23, 2009, 2:19:59 AM10/23/09
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sorry i posted Prosopis cineraria pix.
right now dnt hav pics of P. specigera.


regards
Satish Pardeshi

Vijayasankar Raman

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Oct 23, 2009, 2:24:36 AM10/23/09
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Thanks Satish Ji, both are same; Prosopis cineraria is the accepted name and P. cineraria is synonym. (as you know, P. juliflora is a different species native to America but widely naturalized here).

Swagat

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Oct 23, 2009, 10:20:32 PM10/23/09
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Dear all,
 
'Acacia ferruginea' is called 'Ker' / 'Kaigar' 'केर' / 'कैगर' in Marathi.
 
Regards,
 
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Satish Phadke

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Oct 24, 2009, 1:03:58 PM10/24/09
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I think it is  खैर  rather than  केर.

2009/10/24 Swagat <swaga...@gmail.com>

Swagat

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Oct 24, 2009, 2:36:36 PM10/24/09
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Satish ji,
 
you are right... 'Acacia ferruginea'  some people call it 'पांढरा खैर' and some call It 'केर / 'कैगर'.
 
 
'Acacia catechu' is called 'Khair' 'खैर' / 'Kat' 'कात' / 'Kath' 'काथ' in Marathi.
 
 
'Acacia fernesiana' is called 'Durgandha Khair' ' दुर्गंध खैर' / 'Shenya Khair' 'शेण्‍या खैर' / 'Gandha Babhul' 'गंध बाभूळ' / 'Gandh      Hinvar''गंध हिंवर' / 'Kankar' 'कंकर' in Marathi.
 
 
'Acacia jacquemontii' is called 'Chhota Kikar' 'छोटा किकर'  in Marathi.
 
 
'Acacia latiosum' is called 'Kase Babhul' 'कासे बाभूळ' in Marathi.
 
 
'Acacia nilotica' is called 'Kikar' 'किकर' in Marathi.
  
 
'Acacia pennata' is called 'Velya Khair' 'वेल्‍या खैर' / 'Kanti' 'कांटी' in Marathi.
 
 
'Acacia suma' is called ' Sone Khair' 'सोने खैर' / 'Kamtiya' 'कामटिया' in Marathi.
 
 
'Acacia sundra' is called 'Lal Khair' 'लाल खैर' in Marathi.
 
 
Regards,
 
~Swagat
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Gurcharan Singh

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Oct 25, 2009, 5:05:31 AM10/25/09
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I could not reconcile to the statement:
 
Thanks Satish Ji, both are same; Prosopis cineraria is the accepted name and P. cineraria is synonym.
 
The word synonym does not have any relevance here. There is a convention allowed by botanical Code that when we use the name of a species in a document, the first time generic name is written in complete hence Prosopis cineraria. When we are repeating the name of the same (P. cineraria) species or another species of the same genus (P. juliflora), only first initial letter of the genus is written before the specific epithet. So it would be wrong to say P. cineraria is a synonym of Prosopis cineraria. In fact they are the same.
 
 
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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University of Delhi, Delhi
India
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Satish Phadke

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Oct 25, 2009, 5:50:34 AM10/25/09
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Hi Gurcharan ji
I was referring only regarding the exact wording of Marathi name of Acacia ferruginea.
Rest of the discussions have there own relevance.
Satish
2009/10/25 Gurcharan Singh <sin...@sify.com>

Vijayasankar Raman

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Oct 26, 2009, 3:31:43 AM10/26/09
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Sorry for the typographic error. Thanks Gurcharan ji for pointing out!

Kindly read as: Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce is the accepted name and P. spicigera L. is synonym.


On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 2:35 PM, Gurcharan Singh <sin...@sify.com> wrote:
I could not reconcile to the statement:
 
Thanks Satish Ji, both are same; Prosopis cineraria is the accepted name and P. cineraria is synonym.
 
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