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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Flowers of the umbrella tree

This post is part of the "Trees of the Tropics" series and has been crossposted from Trees, plants and more.

A few weekends back, I visited Lalbagh Gardens, the central garden space in Bangalore. Of the many spectacular sights, was this beautiful octopus/umbrella tree in full bloom. I am told that the tree is native to northern Australia and New Guinea. The next time around i must get a closer shot of the racemes - of both the red flowers and the darker red berries.

I find the racemes just as fascinating now as i did a year back when i saw them for the first time, shooting out like antennae off the top of the umbrella tree in the Chennai horticultural gardens. Truely magical!