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Ironwood - Sri Lanka`s National Tree
Tuesday, 2 October 2007 - 12:59 AM SL Time

A proposal made to declare the Ironwood (Na Tree) as the National Tree was adopted by the Cabinet on 26th February 1986. Socially and culturally we have been closely associated with the Na Tree for centuries.

It was chosen as the National Tree for seven reasons.

1. It is a tree which originated in Sri Lanka
2. Its utility
3. Historic and cultural importance
4. Exterior posture
5. Wide distribution
6. Colour and nature
7. Ability to draw and sketch it easily

Botanically it is called Mesua Nagassarium. This rain forest tree grows to about 30 m high and indigenous to the lower wet Zone of Sri Lanka. Remarkable Features of NA is beautiful bright Red Leaves and finally matured in to a deep green. Timber has a very hardness and durability and used to make bridges in the early times. Now it is not allowed to use for timber due to its religious value.

It is believed that the first visit of Buddha was to grove of a NA Tree at Miyanganaya and also the next Buddha (mithriya) will attain enlightenment under a NA tree. The flower of NA is also used in herbal medicine and preparation of perfumes, cosmetics and soaps.

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http://www.mysrilanka.com/travel/lanka/nati_symbol/tree.htm

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kankun
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1 Oct 2007 18:09:53 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Oops picture is little blurry. If You drive along from Balangoda to Beragala can see the young trees beside the road which were grown by Sri Lankan Govt.

Low country wet zone tree which grows up to 1000m elevation which can recognize easily by striking pink/red color of young leaves.
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Gaha poddak pehedli madi wage!!!

Moko oli bola gahala ivarada??
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1 Oct 2007 18:33:17 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Kankun,

Why, have you missed the Parliament road?

Mark Levivson,

Moko oli bola gahala ivarada??


Boley kelaevata giya veley mey gaha dekka.
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1 Oct 2007 18:48:04 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Bongs,

Have you ever grown a Na tree? They are a beautiful tree but dunno about utility, had about 30 and each didn't fetch more than 800 rupees.

BTW are you fasting now? Hope you don't have to stay away from the saxophone as well ! Can do without food but ......
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Ironwood - Sri Lanka's National Tree

Bongsy,
didn't know that now I know :))
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1 Oct 2007 18:59:13 GMT  Report for Abuse   
HGGB,

Have you ever grown a Na tree? They are a beautiful tree but dunno about utility, had about 30 and each didn't fetch more than 800 rupees


Ha, now it is not allowed to use as timber.

BTW are you fasting now? Hope you don't have to stay away from the saxophone as well ! Can do without food but ......


Fasting only daytime no machang. BTW I am self reliant.

Honey,

didn't know that now I know :))


Do you know what is the national bird?
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1 Oct 2007 18:59:28 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Boley kelaevata giya veley mey gaha dekka.


peera peera bala, peera peera bala...pamba thula bena attha, pamba thula bena athta :):):):)
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1 Oct 2007 19:14:19 GMT  Report for Abuse   
peera peera bala, peera peera bala...pamba thula bena attha, pamba thula bena athta :):):):)


Bena nemei oi, lena!
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1 Oct 2007 19:23:52 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Bongs,

Ha, now it is not allowed to use as timber.


Had them on a coconut estate, on either side of the drive from the gate to the house. Had to get rid as they were shading the coconut trees too much. Wish hadn't cut though, the drive through the trees was just beautiful with the young red leaves hanging down.

I am self reliant.


Lucky you! Why the hell have I to be so dependent?
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It looks like an X'mas tree with X'mas chimes :)
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