Mesua ferrea

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Satish Phadke

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Mar 2, 2011, 10:05:35 AM3/2/11
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Just to share.......
Mesua ferrea  Nag Kesar  नाग केशर
Family : Clusiaceae
Observed flowering in Rani Bag Mumbai on 27th Feb 2011.
Dr Phadke
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Pankaj Kumar

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Mar 2, 2011, 10:18:55 AM3/2/11
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Thanks for sharing. I never saw the flowers.
Mesua ferrea L. now belongs to a new family Calophyllaceae which was
earlier considered as a tribe of family Clusiaceae.
Regards
Pankaj

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tanay bose

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Mar 2, 2011, 11:25:03 AM3/2/11
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Iron wood tree!! Nice catch Satish Ji
It produced one of the strongest and heaviest woods in the world
National tree of Sri Lanka
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Smita Raskar

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Mar 2, 2011, 12:18:02 PM3/2/11
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Beautiful picture Satish
I love this fragrant flower:):)
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hari lal

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Mar 2, 2011, 12:26:06 PM3/2/11
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very nice
thanks for informative pic
hari shankar lal

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Ulhas

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Mar 3, 2011, 12:43:09 AM3/3/11
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Hi

Here is one more confusing common name!

Mesua ferrea is well known as Nagkesar or Nagchapha. The plant is
known as an important medicinal plants, particularly the flowers.

However there is a spice used in many Indian recipes described as
Nagkesar. This cannot be Mesua ferrea. This spice Nagkesar (used in
Goda Masala of Maharashtrian recipes) looks like cloves and some
describe it as flower buds (dry) of Cinnamom.

Since one Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea) is used in Ayurvedic medicines and
the other Nagkesar (Cinnamom?) as a spice in Indian recipes it is
likely create confusion / problems during its usage. Some time ago a
friend of mine bought Nagkesar (Cinnamom) and tried to use it as
Ayurvedic medicine! Luckily a senior vaidya told him that it was not
true Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea) and would not be effective.

This needs clarification. Can someone throw more light on this?

Ulhas

Smita Raskar

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Mar 3, 2011, 12:59:03 AM3/3/11
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this specific plant is called Nagchafa...in our konkan region
vernacular names differ in different parts of country
like for ex Brahma kamal for us is Epiphyllum oxypetalum while
Brahma kamal in valley of flowers is Saussurea obovallata..
so to avoid this confusion either you should know all vernacular names of the plant or single botanical name...choice is yours:):)
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