772. The Chaya root of Ceylon is the Oldenlandia umbellata of Linnï¾µus, and is used for dyeing red, orange, and purple. It gives rise, in Jaffna and the island of Manar, to a caste, whose sole occupation is to dig for chaya root.
[Editor's Note: Chaya root is Oldenlandia (Hedyotis) umbellata. Indian Madder; Shaya, S; Chaya, T. (Rubiaceae.). It is a small annual, 200-300mm high found by the sea-coast in dry areas and used as a dye]