KAYAMPOO OR MEMECYLON MALABARICUM

 

Kayampoo

Kayampoo

‘ Kayampoo kannil vidarum…kamaladalam kavilil viriyum..’the Malayalam film song goes like this…the  song  is cherished by malayalies through out the world that describes the enchanting beauty of  poet’s sweet heart.The dark blue flower Kayampoo blooms in sweet heart’s eyes…poets often call lord Srikrishna as  Kayampoovarnan.The flower is so cute  that it inspired poets, as  violets   in English poetry . We feel as  frozen dreams upon the twigs.  Words Worth thinks of Violets,

”A Violet by the mossy stone

Half hidden from the eye”

just as Violets, Kayampoos hide themselves from our eyes’.

the  strange blue colour and  abstractness of the  flower  appeal to our soul.

o ,Memecylon Malabaricum

o ,Memecylon Malabaricum

The Kasavu plant,  Malam thetti or  Memycylon Malabaricum is an evergreen shrub  which grows  in hilly and rocky areas. Kasavu flourishes on rocky soil and hedges on the hillocks.The leaves of this plant are thick and leathery.Formerly yellow  colour was extracted from the leaves of the plant.It is believed to be used as a clothe dye in the remote past. Kayampoo flowers are found in clusters, arise from the axis of the stem and  heavenly blue in colour.

kayampoo,Memecylon Malabaricum

,Memecylon Malabaricum

Kasavu is endemic to western ghats,south and central Sahyadris.

still I rememember the old days,, the days of child hood..We improvised  toy guns..we used” Mulliyilakkuru’ as a bullet in” Pavitta thokku.’ The toy gun made by cutting thin  hollow bamboo. When i shared this, a  friend from Travancore region  shared that they used theKasavum kuru as bullet in their guns.

kayampoo,Memecylon Malabaricum

kayampoo,Memecylon Malabaricum

The ethno medicinal plant is used  for the treatment of bacterial infections,inflamation of skin,.indigestion and skin diseases including Herpes.The plant yields a gum called Katira.

Kayampoo is an  evergreen shrub of Indian nativity. As.Rosetti says ”As violets. so be I recluse and sweet”"Kayampoo is also recluse and sweet.

kayampoo,Memecylon Malabaricum

kayampoo,Memecylon Malabaricum