Indian Tulip

Common names: Indian Tulip, Aden apple, Portia tree

Indian names: • Hindi: Paras pipal • Malayalam/Tamil: Puvarasu • Bengali: Palas pipal •

Botanical name: Thespesia populnea

    • Thespesia means "divinely decreed" and was given by Daniel Solander who saw it in Tahiti as a member of Captain Cook's ship.

    • Indian tulip tree is an evergreen bushy tree.

    • It grows to 40 ft or more with a spread of 10–20 ft.

    • It has heart-shaped leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers that are produced intermittently throughout the year in warm climates. Each flower has a maroon eye that ages to purple. The flowers are followed by apple-shaped fruit.

    • Medicinal uses:

      • Ground up bark is used to treat skin diseases (India), dysentery and haemorrhoids (Mauritius).

      • Leaves are applied to inflamed and swollen joints (South India).

      • When cut, the young fruit secretes a yellow sticky sap used to treat ringworm and other skin diseases (South India).

      • Roots are used as a tonic.

      • There is some modern investigation of the plant's effects on high blood pressure.

Location at the lake:

    • Nearly 60 saplings are planted in a line along the main road


Pic: Vishaka Srinath



Pic: Arathi Manay