菩提樹 peepal

釋迦牟尼在菩提樹下悟道。佛教、印度教、耆那教的教徒都奉之為聖樹。

菩提葉片綺麗。分明的網狀葉脈,心形,拖著尖擺,並有纖長的葉柄,猶如對紅塵的牽念。

peepal is a beautiful tree in all senses:

its symbolic meaning foremost. it is regarded as sacred tree by the followers of hinduism, jainism and buddhism; peepal represents enlightenment and peace;

the tree shape;

the leaves.

 

菩提生于熱帶,在春末初夏摔下老去的葉,托葉掉落,在枝條上留下環狀的托葉環;隨即抽出新芽,樹冠披上一身粉嫩,由淡紅長至青蘋再而成熟為綠葉。今年有幸欣賞到這個自然的曼舞,過程迷人。

菩提又如榕樹一樣結「榕子」(隱花果)。

can’t help writing more on the leaves. heart-shaped with slim petiole and a long elegant tail at the tip. each blade of leaf is carved with distinct intertwined vein. and, this tree follows a different rhyme than its peers. it sheds old leaves every late spring, when other trees have already put on new green. then new leaves flourish immediately after. it is a spectacle with a gentle wonder. the colours start from pale pink to peach to apple green before maturing to deep green.

菩提樹 peepal (ficus religiosa) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 薔薇目 rosales order | 桑科 moraceae family | 榕屬 ficus genus | species 種:菩提樹 f. religiosa

參考 reference:

  • 台灣大百科全書
  • other uses : people in india collect the peepal leaves, clean them, dry them and than paint them with the gold acrylic in order to preserve them for years. from the bark of the peepal tree reddish dye is extracted. its leaves are used to feed the camels and the elephants. when the leaves are dried they are used for the decoration purpose.
  • cultural importance : peepal tree has the great importance in india especially among the buddhist who regard peepal tree as the personification of buddha. lord buddha attained enlightenment mediating under the peepal tree. it is regarded as the sacred tree and the people uses its leaves for the religious purposes. according to the buddha – ‘he who worships the peepal tree will receive the same reward as if he worshiped me in person’. the peepal tree has its own symbolic meaning of enlightenment and peace. people tie threads of white, red and yellow silk around it to pray for progeny and rewarding parenthood. hindus in india holds the great spiritual regard for the peepal tree, they regard it as the tree beneath which vishnu was born. (source: eco india)
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