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The Kumbuk Tree / Muruta Maran
- Majestic, at about 20 m in height and 14 m girth close to the ground Kumbuk is common in the dry zone along river banks and streams.
- The distinctive, smooth, pinkish-grey bark in various stages of pealing off leaving large silky-green patches easily identifies the tree. The small creamy, honey-scented flowers appearing in April produces by wind.
- A water loving tree, Kumbuk was a useful guide a sure sign of water for the ancient dry zone villager seeking water in a parched land. Even today hydraulic engineers select spots where Kumbuk grows as tube well sites.
- A specialized water purifier or a strainer used to soften water, the dry zone villager thirsting for a drink of soft, cool, sweat water did not forget to place a few pieces of Kmbuk bark in the household water vessel. Kumbuk absorbs Calcium in the water. Scientists have discovered that when reduced to ashes, Kumbuk bark contains almost pure lime. Wittingly or unwittingly this factor was the base of it's many traditional uses, such as administering Kumbuk ashes to pregnant women in the belief it helps to beget strong healthy children.
Many past prescriptions of Kumbuk ash as a medicine are for conditions for which western qualified doctors prescribe calcium in most recent times.
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