Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Bintangor

The Bintangor's scientific name means calophyllum = calo is beautiful, phyllum is leaves; inophyllum = ino is fiber and phyllum is leaves. In other words this plant is named for its beautiful, fibrous leaves. Native to India, it is indigenous to Southeast Asia, especially prevalent in Polynesia. It's called as Kamani Tree in Hawaii. It has some interesting medical stories attached to it too.

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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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Monday, May 24, 2004

The Colored Sterculia - 3

One more of the orange velvet!
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The Colored Sterculia - 2

Another snap of the beautiful Colored Sterculia.
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Sunday, May 23, 2004

The Colored Sterculia - 1

Shot early in the morning at MNK Rao Park in Basavanagudi. The beautiful Colored Sterculia Firmiana colorata is a very rare tree and has amazing velvety flowers. Shot using a Canon 80-200 EF.
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