Behold the blossoming of Neolamarckism…oops I mean Neolamarckia. But the genus name does truly honour the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, whose theories have set the tone for thinking in evolutionary biology to the present day.
Neolamarckia cadamba is a medium sized tree with very neat broad-elliptic leaves borne on very long leaf stalks. It is very similar to Nauclea orientalis, and to a lesser extent Neonauclea glauca, in the way it beears its flowers in a head. Howevver, it differs from both these species by its pointed triangular stipules.
Previously this species was known as Anthocephalus chinensis and a large number of other synonyms. In addition to the rich natural history surrounding it’s naming, this species is has a long association with Indian mythology and religion, and in particular with Lord Krishna.