Genus: Savola Taccada
Common name: Bhadraksha Tree / Katturudraksham (Malayalam) / Beach naupaka / Hawaiian Half-flower / Vella Modagam
One day on my walk in the park, I came upon a curiously shaped rock near a cluster of closely planted trees. When I picked it up for a closer inspection, I realized it resembled the Rudraksha bead a lot. I took it home and Googled for reference. It threw up the name Bhadraksha which is closely related to Rudraksha. I was mighty pleased and since then have collected these fruits on many occasions, even sending them to friends.
It is said in the Puranas that the tears of Lord Shiva transformed into Somaksha, Indraksha, Rudraksha and Bhadraksha.
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The Bhadraksha fruit is without holes and thats where its dissimilar from a Rudraksha bead. The trees have large green leaves which grow together in tight clusters. The fruits are fleshy green which dry out and open to let the seed drop out. These trees require low sunlight and are best planted under a tall leafy tree or in the shade of a building.
Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul which is a fortnightly feature every month.
My previous post for this linky can be found here
#TBRCHALLENGE2020 is a Reading Challenge co-hosted by yours truly for the year 2020. The sign up is opened all of January 2020. Hope to see you there.