A commemorative postage stamp on the Pterospermum Acerifolium (Kanak Champa) :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 6, 2009
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Pterospermum Acerifolium.
Stamp & FDC : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 3.0 million
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- Pterospermum Acerifolium, commonly known as Bayur Tree, Dinnerplate Tree, Maple-leaved Bayur, Mayeng, Kanakchampa, Kaniar or katha champa reaches a height of 50-70 ft. Leaves are simple, alternate, have stipulate and are palmately ribbed. It has large fragrant nocturnal white flowers, occurring in auxiliary fascicle. Fruit is a reddish wood used for planking; often grown as an ornamental or shade tree. The name ‘pterospermum’ derived from two Greek words, ‘petron’ and ‘sperma’ that mean “winged seed”. The name of its family is ‘Stercullaceae‘. The origin of the beautiful tree is in the Northern parts of India, Assam and Burma. It remains a slim and high tree in those area, but in further south, it falls to achieve a great height.
- The Karnikar tree contains very large sized flowers and leaves, it looks outstanding and can become evergreen as well. The leaves of the Karnikar tree pale grey in colour underneath it. When the wind spins and twists them on their long stalks, they look most prominent. The bark of the tree is also grey in colour and soft. The twigs are feathery and are of rusty-brown colour. At the young age, the leaves also have this downy covering and when they develop, the covering drops on. The large, round leaves of this tree can make fine plates and can also be used to wrap up something. People lay down the leaves on roof from the under-surface in order to stop bleeding. The flowers of the tree have their respective medicinal uses as well. A good tonic can be prepared from them and can be used as a cure for inflammation, ulcers and tumours. It is used for planking, boxes, spars etc.
- The golden-hued flower has a beautiful tassel-like form which makes it look very ornamental. It has an intense fragrance, perceptible even from a great distance while it is on the tree. The fragrance starts fading the moment it is plucked. The golden pendant flowers of the karnikar adorn the ears of Sri Krishna in the Bhagavatam (karmayoh karnikaram).
- Text : Based on materials provided by the proponent.