Rare blooms

This flower blooming on the Bombax  (Ceiba) Malabaricum or the Red Kapok Tree is a rare and refreshing sight!
This photograph is of the first bud on the giant tropical tree in my garden commonly known as the 'Silk Cotton Tree' or Semal in Hindi.The tree has a straight, heavily buttressed trunk and there are spikes on the trunk to deter attacks from animals. The woody capsule-like fruits when ripe contain silky floss or white fibers like cotton which are used in pillows, etc.
The large, lobed leaves are deciduous in winter and and then the tree is absolutely bare.
Large orange/red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage.
This tree flower is the flower emblem of Guangzhou, China!


Zabi said…
Is tat possible...? A beautiful flower just on a dry bark. interesting pic.
Yes, one solitary flower on an absolutely dry, bare tree!
Isnt it beautiful?
thanks for the rare and beautiful gyan
Unknown said…
It is really nice...liked the pic
Thanks for the complements guys...:)
Karthik said…
You are a multifaceted, multi-talented person, aren't you? ;)
Ornithology, photography, writing, and what not! :)
Very nice pic. ;)
You could call me a master of many trades but a master of none as yet! :(
Thanku for noticing and complementing...
This daily dose of praise is like fuel to me..:D

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