Ketaka ケータカ

Pandanus odoratissimus (Screw pine)

A tortuous small tree or shrub, rarely erect with many aerial stilt roots; leaves glaucous-green, 90-150 cm long, coriaceous, marginal spines pointing forward and those of the midrib forward and backward; male flowers in numerous subsessile cylindric spikes with fragrant caudate-acuminate spathes, female flowers in solitary spadix; fruits oblong syncarps, yellow or red when ripe. Flowering-fruiting March to December. (Ashok Sheth (Ed.). 2005 The herbs of ayurveda vol.3 Gujarat : Ashok Sheth. p838)

पाण्डुच्छायोपवनवृतयः केतकैः सूचिभिन्नैर्

नीडारम्भैर्गृहबलिभुजामाकुलग्रामचैत्याः ।

त्वय्यासन्ने परिणतफलश्यामजम्बूवनान्ताः

संपत्स्यन्ते कतिपयदिनस्थायिहंसा दशार्णाः ॥ २३ ॥

The country of Daśārna will rejoice your approach;
The Ketakas’ split points lighten the garden hedge white,
Sparrows start nestling and gay the sacred village trees
(while enjoying domestic oblations),
The Jambū forest at the border darkens with its fruits ripe,
And the Hamsa swans will stay for days. (23)

きみの訪れに、ダシャールナ国では 庭の生垣が先割れたケータカで白み
家の供え物をついばむもの[スズメ]たちの巣作りで、村の聖樹は賑わい
境の森の、黒きジャンブーの垂れた実に
白鳥[ハンサ]の何日も何日も留まるように なるだろう(二三)


In the cloud’s journey. A contrast made between the white Ketaka flowers and the black Jambū fruits.

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(c) Tomomi Sato 2013

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