Human paleobiology by Robert B. Eckardt

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Leaves are used as vegetable. 47 PAGODA TREE / TEMPLE TREE Scientific name : Plumeria rubra Family : Apocynaceae Origin : Mexico Description A small or medium–sized deciduous tree with fleshy stems; leaves large, lanceolate or with rounded tips according to species and varieties. Flowers large, 5-8 cm in diameter and red in colour. Flowers purple, red, rose or crimson in various shades with or without white and different shades of orange or yellow at the throat. Plumerias are popular and free flowering trees in tropical gardens.

Leaves very variable, opposite, ovate or elliptic, 4-10 cm long, acuminate, with many parallel fine secondary veins. 5 cm in diameter; male and gall flowers in the same receptacle. New leaves are produced in early summer and the main crop of fig is found almost at the same time, a second crop of fig ripens in August. Wood is suitable for manufacturing of packing cases, match boxes etc. Leaves are used for the treatment of ulcer and the milky juice for treating the eyes of young babies. 27 INDIAN RUBBER Scientific name : Ficus elastica Family : Moraceae Origin : India Description A very large tree, up to 25m in height and spread of the crown; trunk supported by high buttresses; bark smooth and grey.

The tree flowers and bears fruits for many months and abundantly in September–October. The wood is used for house posts, spear shafts, paddles and furniture. 37 JOY PERFUME TREE Scientific name : Michelia champaca Family : Magnoliaceae Tamil Name : Shenbagam Origin : India, Indonesia Description A large evergreen tree, attaining a height of 25m, with silky young shoots and smooth grey bark. Leaves lanceolate, 15-25cm long, acuminate, shining green above; leaf buds covered with stipules which fall off when the leaves expand.

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