Kodom, neolamarckia cadamba

Kodom or Kadam (neolamarckia cadamba, family: rubiaceae) is a tall fast growing deciduous tree with horizontal branches attaining a height of 15-20 m. The beautiful tree is native to South and Southeast Asia.

Common names: Kadam, Burflower-tree.

Leaves are 12-22 cm long, elliptic oblong, dark glossy green above, alternative. Leaves have conspicuous veins.

Flower blooms in rainy season. 

Flowers are borne on head, terimnal, single. Flower receptacle contains innumberable florets, white and yellow mixed.

It is planted in the villages for its dense shade.

Its timber is soft and used as firewood. It is also used to make match and packing box.

Bark and leaves are useful in children's sore of mouth. It is also used to drive odour of mouth and fever.

 It is one of the most popular flowers in the rainy season in Bangladesh.

Propagation is caused by seeds