Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Rain Tree

This is a picture of the very impressive flower of the large Rain Tree. Rain Tree is a native of the Yucatan Peninsula in South America. Also called as the Monkeypod, the sweet tasting fruits are used as food source and the pulp made into a lemonade like beverage. A 15 year tree is supposed to yield about 200 kg of pods in a year! The fruit pods in India are crushed to make a ball to play Cricket! The rain tree is so called due to the way the leaves are shed during the deciduous phase, where the leaflets literally rain down from the tree. A full grown tree is one of the most impressive sights to behold!

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