Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Better late than never

I have a Palash tree in the garden that has not flowered at least not in the past 5 years that i have been watching and waiting. It was on the plot before we built the house and i was very excited to have it but it dissapointement every March by staying green rather than shedding its leaves and developing a profusely flaming crown.

But this season it surprised me - no profusion of orange but a few reluctant blooms as you can see above - enough to bring joy to my heart though. Here below you see pictures of another Palash that i came across on a walk in the hills blooming in all its glory.

Palash: is an indigenous species found in open country. Scientific name Butea monosperma, it is also known as the flame of the forest,Dhak,Tesu, kesu, chhichra, Bengal Kino and bastard teak. Floweres contain nectar and attract many birds. Leaves are used to make plates and the flowers yeild a orange dye used at Holi.

Astrid Rao


Sunita said...

I love that last photo! The sunbird looks like part of the flower too, doesnt he? His bill is the same shape too.

Rajee Sood said...

Wow,do I envy you ... I did a post this Holi and I had to find images from the net because I couldn't find a tree near by to take my own pictures . It is surely my favourite tree... I wonder if it'll do well in a pot.