Pune is blessed to have several hills located right inside the city itself. They are its lungs as it were and are the pride and joy of the locals. Most of the trees growing here are the deciduous type and the hot scorching months of summer see them reduced to their bare branches.
One of the only trees giving respite from the brown and golden shades is the Morinda pubescens locally called Bartondi of the Rubiaceae family. It is an evergreen tree and its green velvety leaves are a sight for sore eyes! May is also the month when this tree blossoms and the small star-shaped whitish flowers announce the tree’s presence long before one can spot it!
The fruit is peculiar and seems to have many facets!
Yet another give-away is the rough crocodile bark that the tree sports.
Despite their fragrance, thankfully, these flowers are not woven into garlands. Thankful because it avoids irresponsible stripping of the tree. This is a great summer cooler especially on the morning walks during summer!
Its among my favourite indigenous species.
Do you have a favourite tree? Or more than one favourite?
Stay happy folks!
I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove bloghop. Do head over to see some amazing trees from around the world!