Monday, December 17, 2012

Skyblue Clustervine

Jacquemontia pentantha (Jacq.) G. Don Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)                 

Monday, November 12, 2012

பூனை மீசை

பூனை மீசை cat whisker,

Cat's Whiskers Orthosiphon stamineus. (Family:Lamiaceae)
A tradition of use in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for several centuries. Cat’s Whiskers is an esteemed tea for kidney diseases, disorders causing wasting disease, dysuria, and for the treatment of kidney and urinary stones or discharge Ccourtesy

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hare and rabbit

Hare and rabbit


Banana (Musa paradisiaca)

1000 fingers banana from the Singapore Zoo (Photo by Mr. R. Marimuthu)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

பெருஞ் சீரகம் (சோம்பு)

பெருஞ் சீரகம்

Anisum (Fennel umbels )

The fruit photo from the following link:

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Aerva lanata Family: Amaranthaceae

The root has a camphor like aromaThe root is used in snake-bite treatment. Decoction of the flowers is said to cure stones in any part of the stomach and that of the root is diuretic and cure for kidney stones. REF:

Monday, September 10, 2012


GambogeGarcinia gummi-gutta (syn. G. cambogia, G. quaesita)

is an evergreen, small or medium-sized dioecious, understorey tree.

The rinds of the ripe fruits are processed and used as a condiment in fish and prawn preparations to impart flavour and taste and to improve the keeping quality. In India, the dried seeds often yield a protein and fat-rich butter, popularly known as uppage tuppa Fruit juice or syrup is used as a coolant and helps reduce body fat. Fruit rind is marketed in large quantities, for example in India, export of over 50 tonnes (valued at 17 million rupees) have been recorded. Ref:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Indian Ipecac (Tylophora indica) Syn: T. asthamatica. Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)

It is traditionally used as a folk remedy in certain regions of India for the treatment of bronchial asthma, inflammation, bronchitis, allergies, rheumatism and dermatitis. Ref:

பச்சைக் கத்தாழை

Giant Cabuya, Green-aloe (Furcraea foetida)

Green-aloe is being a source of fiber, the leaves of Furcraea foetida has medicinal uses such as anti-inflammatory effects to aid in wound healing.

Hedge plant

Braceletwood (Jacquinia armillaris) of Theophrastaceae.
Medium size tree mainly planted as hedge plant.

Monday, September 3, 2012


The baobab is the national tree of Madagascar.The other
Common names of the tree: Baobab, Cream of Tartar tree, Monkey-bread tree, Lemonade tree, Vavababa

The Baobab is called the Tree of Life the reason is capable of providing shelter, food and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African savannah regions.

Photographs taken By Mr. R. Marimuthu from the Chinmaya Vidyalaya P.A.C.R. Matric. Hr. Sec. School
Ilanthope, Tenkasi Road,

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)  is native to drier parts of India.
Family: Solanaceae

Root: this contains the traditional herbal tonic marketed as "Ashwagandha".


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is used as a perennial evergreen herb and has got culinary and medical uses. Dried leaves are used to flavor various foods (tea, meat, sometime as mouth freshener).

Monday, August 27, 2012


Moth is an insect related to the butterfly, often active during night (Nocturnal).

Friday, August 24, 2012


கைகுத்தல் அரிசி
A large stone mortar to beat paddy, rice etc., (traditional way of removing husk from paddy and the rice is used for cooking) .


அத்திப்பழம் (Ficus auriculata)
Elephant ear fig. Fruits are
2-3.5 cm in diameter, covered with soft hairs. The fruits are edible and sweet.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

குதிர் (2-வது வகை )

Traditional way of storing food grains like paddy and others .

Thursday, July 12, 2012


A Traditional Food grains storing  Earthen pot (4.5 ft. height).

Traditional storage device for food grains, seeds etc., against insects pest and infestation.Thanks to Mr. M. Mathavan for the beautiful pictures from Madampoor Village of Ramanathapuram Dist.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Sandpaper saucer-berry  (Cordia monoica) Family: Boraginaceae.

The species is also used for live fencing, firewood, char coal, handles , wood carving, beehive hooks. The leaves are eaten by camel and goat.