Name of a flowering plant with the botanical
name Lawsonia inermis. From its tiny fruits a dye can be gained, which is also
referred to as henna, and which is used in India to dye fabrics and hair, as
well as to apply
skin decorations, especially on the hands and feet of girls and
women during special occasions, such as festivals and weddings (fig.).
The latter applications is in India known as mehndi (fig.). Muslim
men are not allowed to dye their hair,
unless they use henna, which they typically do to indicate their completion of
Hadj, i.e. the Muslim pilgrimage to
Hair dyed with henna (fig.) is dark orange to red, and can oft be seen in India.