Haldina

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Kadam
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Haldina cordifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Haldina
Ridsdale
Species: H. cordifolia
Binomial name
Haldina cordifolia
(Roxb.) Ridsdale

Haldina cordifolia, syn. Adina cordifolia, also known as Kadam or Kadamba in Hindi, is a flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae, the sole species in the genus Haldina. It is native to southern Asia, from India and Sri Lanka east to Yunnan and Vietnam and south to Peninsular Malaysia.

Haldina cordifolia is a deciduous tree that can grow well over 20 metres high. The flowers may be insignificant individually but can be seen as attractive when they bloom together in balls with a circumference of 2 to 3 cm. They are usually yellow often tinged with a shade of pink. Kadam is at its blossoming best during winter. The bark of the tree acts as an antiseptic.

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