Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.Encycl. 3: 52 1789. (Syn. Guazuma guazuma var. tomentosa (Kunth) Kuntze;    Bubroma guasuma Willd.; Bubroma guazuma (L.) Willd.; Bubroma invira Willd.; Bubroma polybotryum Willd.; Bubroma tomentosum Spreng.; Bubroma ulmifolia (Lam.) Oken; Diuroglossum rufescens Turcz.; Guazuma blumei G.Don; Guazuma burbroma Tussac; Guazuma coriacea Rusby; Guazuma guazuma (L.) Cockerell [Invalid]; Guazuma guazuma (L.) Millsp.; Guazuma guazuma var. ulmifolia (Lam.) Kuntze; Guazuma invira (Willd.) G. Don; Guazuma iuvira (Willd.) G.Don; Guazuma parvifolia A.Rich.; Guazuma polybotrya Cav.; Guazuma tomentosa Kunth; Guazuma tomentosa var. cumanensis G. Don …………; Guazuma utilis Poepp.; Theobroma celtifolium Salisb. (Unresolved); Theobroma guazuma L.; Theobroma tomentosa (Kunth) M. Gómez);
gwa-ZOO-ma — Latinized from the Mexican vernacular name guasima (guacima)
ul-mif-FOH-lee-uh — having leaves resembling the Elm genus

commonly known as: bastard cedar, bay cedar, musket tree, pigeon wood, pricklenut, West Indian elm • *Bengali*: nipaltunth • *Gujarati*: ભદ્રાક્ષ bhadraksha, ખોટો રુદ્રાક્ષ khoto rudraksha • *Hindi*: रुद्राक्ष rudraksha • *Kannada*: ರುದ್ರಾಕ್ಶೀ rudrakshi • *Malayalam*: രുദ്രാക്ഷം rudraksham • * Marathi*: रुद्राक्षी rudrakshi • *Sanskrit*: रुद्राक्ष rudraksha • *Tamil*: துப்பாக்கிமரம் tuppakki-maram • *Telugu*: భద్రాక్శ bhadraksha, రుద్రాక్శ rudraksha

Native to: central America; cultivated elsewhere


 

 

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Malvaceae week : Guazuma ulmifoliaGuazuma ulmifolia
Earlier included in Sterculiaceae.
Most of the pictures taken from IIT Madras campus Chennai.
Some are from Pune. भद्राक्ष bhadraksha or False Rudraksha in Marathi
….due to similarity with Rudraksha.


A poor man’s Rudraksh


here in Maharashtra its called as Bhadraksha


Now mystery of Rudraksh and Bhadraksh solved.


 

 

 

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Malvaceae Fortnight: Guazuma ulmifolia from Delhi-GSJULY33/33 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)

Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.
Common names: bastard-cedar, West Indian-elm
 
In India often named Rudrasam in Tamil, Rudraksham in Mal., Rudrakshi in Kan., and often confused with real Rudraksh
in Rajasthan and Maharashtra it is known as Bhadraksh.
Rudraksh is Elaeocarpus angustifolius, advertised so commonly on TV
Badraksh is Guazuma ulmifolia, the poor substitute. 

Commonly grown in Delhi in Parks and roadsides.

 

 


 

 

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For ID- 181111 NS1: This tree I photographed at Jaipur Zoological park on 7.11.11.
Plz Id.


This could be Guazuma ulmifolia (Family: Sterculiaceae)?


Yes Guazuma ulmifolia


So Is this tree too produces ” rudraksha ‘ ?? I thought ” Elaeocarpus ganitrus ” is only rudraksha tree.


… these seeds are supposed to be only about a mm or two…

 

THE REAL rudraksha can be a few mm to more than 1 CM and sometimes 2- 3 cms in diameter… both sink in water THOUGH …
BUT THE SURFACE IS knobby OR LIKE SMALL SHORT PILLARS IN THE Guazuma ulmifolia
SOMETIMES THEY RUN CLOSE TO EACH OTHER… BUT SR.. JUST PILLARS…AND IN GUJARATI it HAS A VERY APT NAME … khoto rudraksha…ખોટો રુદ્રાક્ષ ie FALSE RUDRAKSHA

WHERE AS THE SURFACE PROTUSIONS OF THE real RUDRAKSHA BEADS (OF Elaeocarpus ganitrus) ARE BEST DESCRIBED AS GYRI AND SULCI LIKE IN HUMAN (OR ANY MAMMALIAN BRAIN CORTICAL SURFACE)… ie THEY RUN FOR WHILE, CAN BE TRACED ALONG… BIG DIFFERENCE…..


Then poochi maram / rudraksha (kattu) maram in Tamil. The tree is supposed to withstand high pollution levels and also filters dust and soot, but not very attractive. Grows naturally in Chennai ( wild).


Yes Guazuma ulmifolia.
Earlier in Sterculiaceae.
Called as “Bhadraksha” It is pseudo Rudraksha as it resembles one.


 

 

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Guazuma ulmhttps://08511630493324166816.googlegroups.com/attach/16e0cc6ad494c0f7/Picture%20020.jpg?part=0.2&view=1&vt=ANaJVrFX7f9x_wUcyW0ZAWEwKMhkuLlkc_BJ_vhsf0F149KZ6VqNzVOHlHpcbTjx_caEYQFBxJpUGuesHwXxUtheinhhwsiCk9X-cmqluX4rXOn1KLb2IT4ifolia: Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.

Date/Time-Location- 30.09.2011, NBNP garden
Place, Altitude, GPS- Anaikatti, Coimbatore Dist., 640 MSL
Habitat- Garden
Plant Habit- Tree
Leaves Type/Alternate

Fruits Type/ Shape- Oval (1.5 inch length)


 

Guazuma ulmifolia. In Tamil: Rudrakha (Not original rudraksha). Very common in Tamil Nadu / Chennai


 

 

Yes, it is Guazuma ulmifolia Lamk. commonly called West Indian Elm and in Tamil as Rudrasam and in Malayalam as Uttharasham.


 

Yes of course Guazuma ulmifolia
Earlier Sterculiaceae… Now Malvaceae.


 

 

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For ID 280513GK : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 3 authors. Kindly help in identification

Tree 10-15ft, near railway lines, Solapur

Pictures taken on 15May13, 7.15AM.


 

… my guess: Guazuma ulmifolia of Sterculiaceae ~ Malvaceae.
I could be wrong … because this native of central America, is expected to be found planted in gardens; wondering about it growing near railway lines.

Yes it is Gauzuma ulmifolia.


 

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Grewia optiva? : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).

Please ID the following tree.
according to my identification it is Grewia optiva.
the characters are very similar to Grewia except that it is a tree with almost 10 m in height.
leaves with dentate margins and very rough. asymmetrical…

flowers as shown. yellowish orange or yellow in colour and flowers in the months of October…


Reminds me of Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.


Yes Guazuma ulmifolia


 

 

 

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Tree for id: Bangalore SS_200514 : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3).

Please help me identify this tree from Bangalore.
Habit: Small tree
Location: Bangalore (Roadside in residential area)

Date : April 20 2014


Looks like Grewia asiatica, Tiliaceae


Flower looks like Grewia asiatica/ G. villosa, Tiliaceae


guazuma tomentosa?


This is Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.


this is Guazuma tomentosa (False Rudrasha)


Thanks … This plant is not occur in Bangladesh


 

 

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Tree for ID Pushkar NAW-Aug-01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Kindly identify this medium sized tree photographed in a nursery in Pushkar, Rajasthan in July 2014.


Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.


Yes Guazuma ulmifolia. Bhadraksha


Thank you Sirs for the identification.
from the name i recall that i had seen this species earlier in the Jijamata Udyaan, Mumbai but it was fruiting then and not flowering.


 

 

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SR2APR2015 Id plz : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

plz help me id this plant
it is small tree
place : kolhapur MH

Date : 23rd April2015


Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.


Guazuma ulmifolia
Sterculiaceae

भद्राक्ष


 

 

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Malvaceae Fortnight :: Guazuma ulmifolia :: Chennai :: PKAJUL43: : : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)

This one is evergreen tree around 10m high, leaves alternate 10-20cm, elliptic-lanceolate, serrate.
Local name: Rudrakshi
Bot. name: Guazuma ulmifolia
Family: sterculiaceae.
Photographed at Chennai.


Common names: bastard-cedar, West Indian-elm
In India often named Rudrasam in Tamil, Rudraksham in Mal., Rudrakshi in Kan., and often confused with real Rudraksh in Rajasthan and Maharashtra it is known as Bhadraksh.
Rudraksh is Elaeocarpus angustifolius, advertised so commonly on TV. Badraksh is Guazuma ulmifolia, the poor substitute.
Commonly grown in Delhi in Parks and roadsides.
 

 


 

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Guazuma ulmifolia
Bhadraksha
 

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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens Bangalore
Date: 19 FEB 2017 … Altitude: ~ 906 m (2972 ft) asl
ID please

Dear friends,
The first picture is cropped version of latter. Not sure if these two pics help in recognizing the fruit of seemingly scandent shrub.
The fruit could be about an inch wide.


Broussonetia papyrifera– if I am not mistaken. Paper Mulberry.     Lovely pic


Many thanks … for suggesting the ID; but I think the fruit and leaves of posted plant differ from that of Broussonetia papyrifera.

They remind me of Guazuma ulmifolia that I had seen at Rani Bagh in Mumbai, but I do not recollect whether the posted plant is a climber OR a mix of small trees.

Let us wait for comments. 


 

I too think it could be Guazuma ulmifolia.

Leaves of Paper Mulberry are quite different.


I also think that it isGuazuma ulmifolia.


Thank you very very much … for your thought.

I am convinced it must be Guazuma ulmifolia.


 

Only the star shape at the top of the fruit is looking a bit different from the close ups I have clicked of the same at Lalbagh.

I can post a close up of my fruit if the need be.


…, you may please post photo of fruit here just for sake of comparison. It will also help in validation of the ID.


Here are a few of my pictures.

Probably … can help with the id. Attachments (5)


West Indian Elm Tree

Tree
Ulmifolia

Lam.


Thank you … I was as eager as the rest to know about the correct id .


Thank you very much … for validating the ID.


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MS012111 – 8 Gauzuma ulmifoliaGauzuma ulmifolia.  Photos taken  in Chennai on 29.7.2006.  Medium sized 

tree. Thenpuchi in Tamil. Very common in Chennai.  wild as well as cultivated. 


 

– Yes, common in Delhi also. The fruits bear resemblance to Rudraksh


 

Guazuma ulmifolia: One more very interesting tree commonly known as Bhadraksh, or false rudraksha, botanical name Guazuma ulmifolia is fruitng very profusely in Rani Bagh, Mumbai. I was lucky to get to see some flowers too.  


 

– This is a very common tree in Chennai.   Grows wild. This is known as thenpuchi maram in Tamil. This is supposed to withstand severe air pollution!


– There are a large number of these trees in IIT Madras campus. In Pune I have seen few trees on BMCC and Bhandarkar and Prabhat road.

 

 


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Malvaceae week :: Guazuma ulmifolia:  Guazuma ulmifolia Lam.

gwa-ZOO-ma — Latinized from the Mexican vernacular name guasima (guacima) 
ul-mif-FOH-lee-uh — having leaves resembling the Elm genus

 

[image: Guazuma ulmifolia]<http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fdi…>
Aug 17, 2008 at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan, Mumbai
commonly known as: bastard cedar, bay cedar, musket tree, pigeon wood, pricklenut, West Indian elm • *Bengali*: nipaltunth • *Gujarati*: ભદ્રાક્ષ bhadraksha, ખોટો રુદ્રાક્ષ khoto rudraksha • *Hindi*: रुद्राक्ष rudraksha • *Kannada*: ರುದ್ರಾಕ್ಶೀ rudrakshi • *Malayalam*: രുദ്രാക്ഷം rudraksham • * Marathi*: रुद्राक्षी rudrakshi • *Sanskrit*: रुद्राक्ष rudraksha • *Tamil*:
துப்பாக்கிமரம் tuppakki-maram • *Telugu*: భద్రాక్శ bhadraksha, రుద్రాక్శ rudraksha
Native to: central America; cultivated elsewhere
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Aug 17, 2008 at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan, Mumbai
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May 10, 2009 at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan, Mumbai

 


 

..yes .. rudraksh is altogether a different plant … in this case, a misnomer applied by some folks
Since there arises miunderstanding, in future will suffix (misnomer) for all such untrue cases.

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Pls help in identifying this plant 07 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4) – 1 mb each.

This is a tree. more than 12 ft at my place
It was planted as part of an ayurvedic garden.
Was planted 4 years back. Growing well with profuse flowers and fruits.
The soil in which it is growing is black soil.
Growing in Govardhan Eco Village (110km north of Mumbai)
I found the pictured seeds when i cut the fruit.

Guazuma ulmifolia, Malvaceae member,


Guazuma ulmifolia. A medicinally useful tree. Grows in any type of soil.
west indies elm, bastard cedarIn Marathi it is called ‘Rudrakhsa” Not to be confused with original Rudraksha. The fruits resemble rudraksha. Tree parts used in Siddha and Folk medicines. Plenty around here and Chennai
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