Samban-Lei Sekpil – A Discarded Gem of Manipur

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By W Rorrkychand Singh

One of the pride of Manipur, Samban-Lei-Sekpil (Duranta repens L), that entered the Guinness Book of Records, is currently at a dilapidated state.

In a recent visit , it was found that; one-third portion of the plant had been eaten by insects and cut off.

It’s unfortunate, that the person who brought up the fencing plant to a height of 61 ft at his own expenses and dedication abandoned the plant at his residence at Sayang Kurao Makhong and returned to his native place, Kumbi.

Samban-Lei Sekpil - A Discarded Gem of Manipur: One of the pride of Manipur, Samban-Lei-Sekpil (Duranta repens L), that entered the Guinness Book of Records, is currently at a dilapidated state.
Samban-Lei Sekpil – A Discarded Gem of Manipur: One of the pride of Manipur, Samban-Lei-Sekpil (Duranta repens L), that entered the Guinness Book of Records, is currently at a dilapidated state. Click to see more pictures in our photo gallery

It’s believed that, repeatedly the state govt. made him disappointed with false promises to provide protection for the plant, a dejected Moirangthem Okendra, abandoned the plant and decided never to turn up again.

Here are some facts about Samban-Lei Sekpil ( Duranta repens L):

Botanical name: Duranta repens L.

Cultivar: Variegata

Manipuri name: Samban-lei Mana Arangba

Place of Plantation: Kumbi

Planting year: 1981

Experiment started year: 1983

National record (Limca Book of Records): 18 Nov 1992 (at the height of 6 m (20 ft), with 11 steps)

World record (Guinness Book of Records): 26 Nov 1999 (at the height of 15 m (50 ft), with 35 steps)

Present height: 18.6 m (61 ft)

Topiary steps: 44

Present Address: Sayang Kurao Makhong, Imphal, Manipur- 795001

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