As you go around the city, don’t forget to see the flowers of spring and summer, in all their glory… they are:

Albizia saman, the Rain Tree:

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Tabebuia argentea (or Tacoma argentea), the Golden Bell or Trumpet:

tabebuia argentea

Couroupita guianensis, the Cannonball tree (Nagalinga):

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The flower has a faint and lovely smell:

Cannonball(Couroupita guianensis)


Milletia ovalifolia, Moulmein Rosewood:

Milletia ovalifolia (Moulmein Rosewood)

Grevillea robusta, Silver Oak:

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Ceiba pentandra, a variety of Silk-Cotton:

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In this tree,the silk-cotton has burst through the pods:

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This one’s the flower of the Bombax (or Ceiba) malabaricum:

bombax malabaricum flower

Kigelia pinnata, the Sausage tree:

The flowers and leaves look like this:

sausage tree flowers on stalks

and the fruits look like this:

sausage tree fruits

Anthocephalus cadamba, the Kadamba:

kadamba flower with bee Anthocephalus cadamba and Nauclea cadamba of the Rubiaceae family

Cassia fistula, the Indian Laburnum, or Golden Shower :

indian laburnum in flower

Butea monosperma , the Flame of the Forest (Palash):

Palash (lac)  (Kumkum tree)flowers, Lalbagh 7 Mar 07

Saraca asoca, the Sita Ashoka:

Unknown flower, Lalbagh 7 Mar 07

Tabebuia rosea, the Pink Poui:

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Delonix regia, the Mayflower (Gulmohar):

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Carea arborea (I don’t know the common name):

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Erythrina indica, the Indian Coral Tree:

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Jacaranda mimosaefolia, the Jacaranda:

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Firmiana colorata, Coloured Sterculia (this is not a very common tree though)

Firmiana colourata (Coloured sterculea)

Plumeria species, Frangipani:

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Colvillea racemosa, Colville’s Glory:

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Spathodea campanulata, the African Tulip:

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Here’s a closer shot:


Dillenia indica,the Elephant Apple:

Flower of the Elephant Apple Tree (a variety of magnolia)

Peltophorum pterocarpum ,the Copper Pod or Copper Shield Bearer:

In this picture, the yellow flowers that carpet the ground have not yet appeared, but you can see why the tree gets its common name:

Copper Pod or Copper Shield Bearer

Here, the yellow flowers have appeared:

copper pod tree 200311

Brassaia actinophylla, the Umbrella (or Octopus) Tree:

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Mark the majesty of the trees, which absorb carbon dioxide, and release oxygen into the air….

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Enjoy the serial flowering (flowering of different trees all through the year) that was made possible by the botanist,

Gustav Krumbiegel


Sometimes, just the emerging new leaves look as beautiful as flowers….

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See these leaves of a tree of the Terminalia species!

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