By sighting some fallen flower or fruit which is the tree calling attention to itself!
Recently I was happy to see what looks like a discarded Banana skin.
A closer look revealed it to be the Muchkunda flower. Of course the pervading fragrance immediately confirmed its identity.
It goes by the botanical name of Pterospermum acerifolium and belongs to the Sterculiaceae family (Cocoa family). There is some confusion about exact the specific name so lets just say it belongs to the Pterospermum genus.
The leaves are large and typically Peltate which means the petiole is not attached to the end of the leaf but nearer the centre. This is clearly seen in the image above. According to this Indian Express article, the tree is also called Dinner Plate Tree as the leaves are threaded together to create a plate!
These are night blooming flowers which are pollinated by bats.
A handsome native species that demands attention and a sight for sore eyes.
|Notice the fruit which is a woody capsule
Have you seen the Muchkunda?