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susanowa
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« on: May 12, 2009, 01:28:46 AM »

wha is da Sinhala name to the flower FOX TAIL
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 01:53:41 AM »

Hi

Are you referring to the "FOX Tail" orchid like the one pictured below?



The foxtail Orchid is called "Gurulu Raja" in sinhalese.

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 08:40:41 PM »

Hi G,
This is also named as Batticaloa orcrid.I think this is very rare orcrid plant and endemic.only found in dry zone and certain places of lower elevation.I have two plant at my home garden.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 10:34:22 AM »

Nice pictures Dhk, I think this is a official flower of a province.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 08:43:26 PM »

Thanks Mithla.I Checked it with `CHECK LIST OF SRILANKA ORCHID`also.
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2009, 01:32:58 AM »

dear friends,
foxtail orchid or Batticaloa orchid, scientifically known as Rhynchostylis retusa, i dont know whether you all are talking about same species or same variety, but this is a beautiful orchid distributed throughout Asia. so it is not a endemic species for sri lanka.
if you need to know about it more

http://orchidkerala.googlepages.com/rhynchostylis.htm

or if you want to see the images

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&rlz=1B2RNFA_enLK203LK234&num=50&q=rhynchostylis%20retusa%20&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

hope this will help
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2009, 09:52:47 PM »

Dear Rahula,
Thanks for your valuable information.
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dhk.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2009, 08:14:09 AM »

Mithila ayya is correct on 'Gurulu Raja'. It has been declared as the official flower for Uva Province by the way.
Images with info of 'Gurulu Raja' as well as other declared provincial flowers found here
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2009, 08:23:40 PM »

Hi all,
As I heard before “Gurulu Raja” is very important plant that used in Aurvadic medicine. Am I correct or not. What is your idea about that?

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This is important web site, thank you for sharing it. Last day my friend asks about that detail for his son. At the time I didn’t know about that.
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009, 12:32:15 AM »

Orchids "Iru raja" and "Wana raja" are used in Ayurveda so it is very likely that Gurulu raja is also used.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2009, 12:21:18 AM »

 Sad hi all,
 "GURULU RAJA" or what ever the flower is, its a magnificent orchid seen in dry zone. i have been noticed many of that plant in
 NILGALA, galoya sanctuary. and i have been told that it is one of the endemic orchid in Sri Lanka too.
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2012, 08:46:26 PM »

Hi Friends,
2012 blooming-my home garden.
dhk.


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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2012, 03:17:55 AM »

Hi dhk

really beautiful

Kind Regards
Sheham

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2012, 03:56:40 AM »

wow, nice pictures. thanks dhk for the magnificent pictures.

As I heard before “Gurulu Raja” is very important plant that used in Aurvadic medicine. Am I correct or not. What is your idea about that?

Yes you are correct Kelum, "Gurulu Raja" is a good herb. but not used for Ayurvedic medicines as far as I know. It is used for the indigenous medicine (පාරම්පරික වෙදකම). this is widely used as an anti-venom in indigenous medicine, to cure skin rashes, etc. mostly used for skin related illnesses (චර්ම රෝග). it is also called as "Garunda Raja" by some people while some say "Garunda Raja" and "Gurulu Raja" are different. however this is a somewhat rare plant and a precious herb.

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