The state tree of Goa is Crocodile Bark Tree belonging to family Combretaceae*. Botanical name of the tree is Terminalia Elliptica. The name is thus derived because the bark of the tree resembles crocodile skin. The other common names are Matti in Kannada, Asna, Saj and Indian-Laurel, ha…ha..then, which tree is the Indian-Hardy?? hmm…mm….it must be the Banyan Tree!
I remember collecting the fallen Bakula flowers with the scent intact and stringing it together into a garland. The tree was planted by my grandfather, whose hobby was to grow exotic trees and plants in a plot reserved for his hobby. Though the color of Bakula flowers is subdued, the garland looks lovely. The scent makes up for the lack of color.
The botanical name of Bakula is Mimusops Elengi and belongs to the family Sapotaceae. It is also known as Spanish cherry, Bullet wood, Indian Medlar, Surabhi / fragrant, Maulsari, and Madhu Gandha / sweet aroma. I was delighted to find this tree in full bloom in Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur.
Namma garden city Bengaluru is fast becoming a city of cement and glass buildings, but come January, the Pink Tabebuia Impetiginosa trees burst into deep pink blooms adding the much needed color to the city.
Commonly known as pink trumpet tree, Pau d’Arco and Pink Lapacho, native of Mexico to Argentina. The trees are similar to Tabebuia Rosea and Tabebuia Aurea.
Presence of Bamboo in most of the South Indian wild life sanctuaries like Bandipur, Madumalai, Bhadra, Nagarhole, Tholpetty, and Kabini has played an important role in sustaining the wild and avian life of these regions.
Bamboo belongs to the grass family Poaceae. There are around 1,450 species of Bamboo found across the world. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants depending on the soil and climatic conditions.
The plant can grow to a height of 100 feet and the diameter of the stem can be as wide as 8 to 10 inches. Bamboo grows in clumps from rhizomes.
O you shaggy-headed banyan tree standing on the bank of the pond, have you forgotten the little child, like the birds that have nested in your branches and left you?
Do you not remember how he sat at the window and wondered at the tangle of your roots that plunged underground?
The women would come to fill their jars in the pond, and your huge black shadow would wriggle on the water like sleep struggling to wake up.
Sunlight danced on the ripples like restless tiny shuttles weaving golden tapestry.
Two ducks swam by the weedy margin above their shadows, and the child would sit still and think.
My friends and I used to collect the fruit of this tree known as Bagekayi in Kannada and grind it with big stones and make into balls and sun dry them. They used to turn out hard like the professional cricket balls. We used to play with them for some time until something else caught our fancy.
This evergreen tree is known as Bagekayi Mara in Kannada belonging to family Fabaceae*. The other common name is Monkey Pod tree. It is native of Mexico, Brazil, South and Southeast Asia, Pacific islands and Hawai. Hindi it is known as Vilaiti Siris, Gulabi Siris.
We read in text books in school without giving much thought that a good king apart from providing food, water and shelter to the citizens also planted trees to give shade to the weary traveler passing through his kingdom. Now, when we walk through the many Gulmohar and Indian laburnum lined roads in Mysore, we cannot thank enough the maharajahs (kings) for being so thoughtful and planting trees all around the city. Gulmohar trees especially add color and beauty to the city when they bloom during summer and when combined with the yellow flowers of Indian laburnum tree the look is absolutely awesome.
The flowers of Ashoka tree are used to worship gods in South Canara district of Karnataka. This pretty tree is a native of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Malaysia. It is evergreen and ever flowering tree belonging to the family Fabaceae. Botanical name is Saraca Asoca.
Ashoka Tree is so very well proportioned that it seems that God has given maximum attention while making this species. The tree also looks very graceful with spreading branches and small leaves. The leaves are dark green with a sheen.