Jungle Jalebi, Madras Thorn, “Pithecellobium dulce” – Plant

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  • Plant height will be 18-24 inches in 6 inches pot.
  • Plant height will be 24-36 inches in 8 inches pot.
  • The plant will be coming in well-stable potted condition.
  • Plant into compost-enriched soil.
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Jungle Jalebi, Madras Thorn, “Pithecellobium dulce” – Plant

Madras Thorn is a large, nearly evergreen tree that grows up to 20 m or more in height, Madras Thorn has a broad crown, up to 30 m across, and a short trunk, up to 1 m thick, At the base of each leaf is normally found a pair of short, sharp spines, though some specimens are spineless. Leaves are deciduous but foliage is persistent, as the new leaves appear while the old ones are being shed, so that the tree looks like an evergreen. Flowers are borne in small spherical glomerules of about 1 cm in diameter, forming short axillary panicles of 5-30 cm in length. Flowers are white-greenish slightly fragrant 1.0-1.5 mm in diameter, with a hairy corolla, 50 thin stamina, connate in a tube at their basis, surrounded by the green calyx. Pods are greenish-brown to red or pinkish, rather thin, 10-15 cm long x 1-2 cm wide. There are about 10 seeds per pod. Pods are irregularly in shape and flattened, set in a spirals of 1 to 3 whorls and strangled between the seeds – looks like the north Indian sweet, Jalebi, hence its common Hindi name.

Care Instructions for  Pithecellobium dulce:

  • Soil: Bonsai mix that drains well.
  • Watering: Keep the soil regularly moist but not soggy.
  • Light: Bright, direct sunshine.
  • Pruning: Trim for shape and size on a regular basis.
  • Fertilizing: During the growing season, use a balanced liquid fertilizer.
  • Plants like acidic soils with good drainage.
  • Pests: We have not seen it get affected by and pest, disease or plant problem.
  • Growing this plant is cake walk.
    -Making a good bonsai – a different matter alltogether!

Distribution & Habitat :

Dry, brushy or thinly forested plains or hillsides, often in coastal thickets, at elevations from sea level to 500 metres.

Therapeutic or medicinal Uses :

The bark is used as an astringent for dysentery in India.

It is said to have been used as an antipyretic in India (information originally from 1933), used for eye inflammation, although an anecdote from Sri Lanka claims the bark contains a substance that causes eye infections and swelling of the eyelids.

The Huastec people of northern Veracruz and San Luis Potosí in Mexico used different parts of the tree to treat gum ailments, toothache and cancer.

The leaves are said to be used in a poultice with alcohol to treat bile, as well as being used to prevent abortions/miscarriage, although the leaves are also said to be used to cause abortions.

The pulp from the fruits is said to be astringent and hemostatic, and used for hemoptysis.

The ground seed is sometimes traditionally used to clean ulcers.

Non-specified parts of the plant are said to be used extract is also used against hemorrhages, chronic diarrhea, and tuberculosis.

Additional information

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 90 cm
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Reviews (1)

1 review for Jungle Jalebi, Madras Thorn, “Pithecellobium dulce” – Plant

  1. Akshay Kumar (verified owner)

    I visited a Bonsai Show at Lodhi Garden, New Delhi. There I came to know about Jungle Jalebi. It was at display there in a beautiful weeping style. The leaves attarcted me. I did struggle a bit in finding the plant. I got one at Nursery Nisagra through some google search. Ordered it and got it in a few days.

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