• ("Erythrina lithosperma) coral tree. Medium to tall deciduous, often thorny tree with bright orange odorless flowers that are borne in racemes, and alternate, trifoliate leaves. Leaflets are ovate, about 12 cm. long and 8 cm. wide with small, triangular points. Dapdap is considered sacred because it grows quickly and readily from a stick stuck into the ground. For that reason, it is used to plant living fences. It is also widely used in offerings, especially those that are made for weddings and for those used when a body is prepared for burial.
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Usage Examples

The dadap leaves are ground on a batu boreh along with a bit of red Balinese onion and some uncooked white rice that has been soaked in water for about an hour to make it soft and easy to grind, called bas mes. Water is added, and the mixture is taken twice per day. Dadap is also used an an external medicine for panes. Such a mixture, applied to the stomach and waist, is called an uwap. To make uwap do dadap, grind the leaves, a red Balinese onion, a bit of baas mes, and a few grains of fennel, adas, on a grinding stone and apply to stomach and waist. This mixture should be left on the body until it comes off naturally.

  1. Fred Eiseman, Usada Bali, 2001