The tree used as a symbol of Maejo University is Inthanin
1. Thai names: Inthanin, Joeloe, Chaloehukwuang
2. Common names: Queen’s flower, Queen’s crape myrtle
3. Scientific name: Lagerstroemia macrocarpa Wall
4. Family name: Lythraceae
5. Typical characteristics of its flowers: purple and pinkish-purple like a straight bouquet out at the end or sprigs of the branches. It normally flowers between February - June
History and Reasons
When Maejo, Maejo University turned 50 years old in June 1984, the Maejo Alumni Committee and the University Administration Committee chaired by Mr. Chamnong Photisaroe, Director-General of the Royal Forest Department at that time as the Vice-President of the Maejo Alumni Association proposed the names of trees that could tolerate the environment and grow in all regions of the country as a symbol of the university.
They should also have a good breed and mean prosperity, longevity, have dark green leaves, single leaves, purple or pinkish-purple flowers, and nicknamed "Queen's Flower" (Queen's Flower). Their pods should refuse to leave the trees. There should have many more species in one family and their flowers should have characteristics of Queen's crape myrtle, such as crape myrtle, crape myrtle, and the crape myrtle.
The committee finally voted to select the name of this species "Inthanin" as an auspicious name and tree to the university. It means affiliations with the university. Inthanin has the characteristics of the inflorescences, tighten clusters, and bright colors like love and unity as one. It signifies its tightness between the university and its alumni throughout their careers everywhere.
Inthanin or the trees in this family are economic woods. It has a medium-hard to hardwood used as an ornamental plant for shade with bright and beautiful flowers. Its bark and leaves can be used as herbal medicine like the value of Maejo alumni who have created benefits for the society and nation for a long period of more than 50 years.
:: Inthanin ::
Inthanin is a medium to large perennial, about 50 feet tall, with rather black or brown bark. Jagged branches are spreading wide. Its leaves are about 10 inches long, thick, and fleshy leaves. It has a long bouquet of purple and pinkish-purple flowers along the end of the branch. Its inflorescence is upright and secondary flower petals are attached in a cup shape separated into 6 lobes. It has smooth oval fruits, about 9 inches long, and normally flowers around March to June. To propagate, use the seed method.
Inthanin is in the genus Lagersthoemia. This is a memorial to the Swedish merchant Magnus Lagersthoem who got this plant from the Asian region. This tree is synonymous with L.flos-reginae which is Flower of the Queen, meaning flowers of queens. It is high praise of the beauty of this flower.
Inthanin is a symbol of the wood of Maejo University. It represents the stamina and endurance of Mother Joe's children because it is a hardy perennial, long-lived, and growing in all conditions in Thailand. Its inflorescences have a tight clumping, vivid color, "like love, unity, and harmony as one of the children of Mother Joe that never fades away.
Inthanin is a tree that grows well in all regions of Thailand. This is like Mother Joe's children who come from everywhere and spread out to thrive in every region.
Information from the Maejo Memorial
(1) “Intanin,” the symbol of Maejo University,
Is lasting prominenty,
Strenously exposed to the sun and rain,
And ingeniously fight again and again
With hardiness like the alumni and alumnae
of Maejo University,
Who collaborately establish its fame
To earn the university’s mighty honorary name. .
(2) “Intanin” can grow to be the greats
Everywhere in Golden Peninsula’s states.
It can generate its seedlings
As though creating Maejo’s offsprings,
Making it great as its graduates
Move to different places to be the all-time greats
Everywhere in the country
With dignity and unity.
(3) “Intanin” flowers in panicles in all
Showing their pretty petals on the ball.
Its glossy dark green foliage with its own patterns
Can be shady in all seasons
Like the shade of the banyan, above all,
Standing so tall.
Maejo’s offsprings hold on merrily
To “Intanin” for an eternity.
“In commemoration of Ajarn Mongkol Nakawajana (Maejo’s Batch 36)”
- The College of Education, Maha Sarakham, Batch 1
- Chair of the Faculty of Education and Liberal Arts, College of Asian
Scholars, Khon Kaen (2020 - )
June 24, 1985
Instructor Kue Sukarak
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thep Pongpanich