Kadam is native to China and Southeast Asia, from India to New Guinea. It  reaches a height of 145 feet, with a trunk 4 or more feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 1 foot long and have sunken veins. Flowers are grouped in infloresences about 2 inches in diameter. Within each ball about 8000 seeds develop which are dispersed by birds or by water currents. It flowers during spring and summer, and fruits mature during summer and fall. The generic name is composed of two parts: the prefix neo means new, while Lamarckia is the name of a genus honoring French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829). The species name derives from the common name for the tree in India.

The photographed tree is one of two specimens planted by Severo Vélez, probably in the 1940s, behind the Department of Band and Orchestra. They are the only members of the species in the campus.

Neolamarckia kadamba (Rubiaceae)