The Indian Rose Chestnut Tree

The Indian Rose Chestnut tree is blooming in one of the public gardens in our city.

Locally this tree is known as Nahar but looking up online I came up with several other names. The Poached Egg tree seems to be most appropriate going by the appearance of the white four-petalled blooms with a yellow centre. But it’s also known as Ceylon ironwood (it’s the national tree of Sri Lanka), and Cobra’s Saffron. The botanical name is Mesua ferrea. The plant is named after the heaviness of its timber, and cultivated in tropical climate for its form, foliage, and fragrant flowers.

The tree has many medicinal properties. According to Wiki, the fresh as well as the dried flowers of the Nahar are used as a remedy for dysentery, itching, nausea and  other ailments. But the main extract from the tree is the oil that is produced from the flowers. More on the medicinal uses of the plant can be found here.

About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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3 Responses to The Indian Rose Chestnut Tree

  1. I have never seen one of these, it seems to resemble our magnolias a bit. I love the poached egg name!!!

  2. Poached egg flowers is the perfect description for these Kanak. I noticed that it also has a scent so it must be a lovely tree to not only admire in the park but smell from a distance aswell.

  3. Diana says:

    Hello, Kanak. It has been a while since I’ve visited many of my friends. Why does it seem that our days pass so quickly while our tasks expand ? 🙂

    I see all is well and beautiful including your tomatoes… you are picking and enjoying and we are full of anticipation as the blooms are just beginning to form on the vines.

    The first beautiful blossom of the Indian Rose Chestnut reminds me of a shrub we have here in the garden, Romneya coulteri aka Mexican poppy… striking blossom similarity. Have a wonderful weekend, Kanak.

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