Thalampoo / Thazhampoo / Fragrant screw pine flower

 Thalampoo / Thazhampoo / Fragrant screw pine flower

 

Thazhampoo is known as screw pine in English. Mostly these flowers are seen on the banks of the river in Kerala. But when I visited a temple (Arunchunai kattha Aiyannar)  which was near my hometown (Thoothukudi / Tuticorin), I got to see this flower and just like that I pictured it to share with everyone.

The flower of the male plant is known as Thazhampoo in Tamil.  In older times these flowers are kept in wardrobes as fragrant cloth freshners and as moth repellant. Girls used to plait it into their braids. The leaves of these plants have saw-like edges, are used for making soft mats. The fruit borne by the female plant is known as “Aanapuruthi” , is a favourite of elephants and they are used as cockroach repellent in older days.

There are numerous myth in Hinduism associated with screw pine. It is used in several pujas and avoided by some deities.  This flower is avoided during Lakshmi puja and also are avoided for the worship of Lord Shiva except on the day of Maha Sivarathiri.

 

Note: Click the link to know why Thazhampoo is not used for worship.

19 Responses »

  1. We used to see small insects in the flowers. Flower women used to say, they find snakes in the gardens/fields

  2. I just read about the flower. I am from Nagercoil , in Tamil Nadu. When I was growing up, we got this flower . My sister and I kept the petals among our clothes. The information and story behind it brings back my childhood memories. Thank you.

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