The Matti tree found in the deciduous forests of Bandipur is a storehouse for potable water.
Pale yellow colored water emanating from cut end of Terminalia tomentosa water blister. Taste bit salty and slightly bitter, believed to contains amazing healing medicinal properties.
Water in a bark
Scientists has found that the matti tree found in the deciduous forests of Bandipur is a storehouse for potable water.
The tree develops one or two long lateral ridges or blisters on the main trunk and the water stored in this blister can be over 20 liters. While the entire forest is baking in summer, this tree is a good source of water.
Matti tree is known to be a medicinal plant. Its bark decoction is used to treat rheumatism, fever and urinary diseases. Forest folks claim that matti water is a good remedy for stomach ache. Probably because the water contains good amount of phenols.
The percentage of trees storing water is higher with increasing girth levels. Right now the actual reason for this kind of water storage is not known. How water is stored in the stem is now the subject of future research.